SubHero Banner
Text

What is an advance directive?

An advance directive lets you make decisions about your future medical treatment. It includes:

  • A written statement about your future health care decisions
  • Legal instructions about your upcoming medical wishes
  • The name of the person who will make medical decisions for you should you become unable to do so for yourself

Advance directives help you communicate your health care preferences. That way your family and doctors won’t have to guess what you want. They can be changed anytime and they never expire.

Full Width Image Background
Text

Why is an advance directive important?

You or your family members should consider an advance directive to:

  • State your health care choices if or when you are unable to speak for yourself
  • Lessen the burden on loved ones
  • Give you more control over what happens to you during a medical crisis
  • Prevent medical over-treatment or under-treatment
  • Give your loved ones peace of mind
Icon Picker V2
book icon
Text

Advance directive classes

Free seminar: "Make Sure Your Wishes are Granted — Planning Ahead.”

Seminar schedule 

Horizontal Rule
Icon Picker V2
heart icon
Text

Medical treatment in your advance directive

When you’re creating an advance directive, you can include instructions about any treatment you want or wish to avoid.

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)

Artificial provisions of nutrition and fluids

Active treatment to fight disease

Horizontal Rule
  • What is the difference between advance care planning, advance care plan and advance directive?

  • Can you tell me more about advance directives?

  • What is a living will or declaration?

  • What is Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care Decisions?

  • What is a health care agent?

  • What is a POLST (Physician Orders for Life-sustaining Treatment)?

  • What if I already have an advance directive or declaration?

  • What is the difference between the advance care planning class and the advance directive class?

  • Who should I share my advance directive with?

Text

Helpful Resources

Card Box

Advance care planning

Make a plan to ensure your health care wishes are met.

My SMA Health Online

Track your health needs with our online tool. Make appointments, manage prescriptions and more.

Senior care

Southwest Medical covers every part of a senior’s health care. We keep you active and independent.