Advance Directive

How could you be sure you would receive the medical treatment you choose if you were sick or hurt and unable to talk?

You have the legal right for your health care choices to be stated, even when you cannot talk. Your choices are made legal by a Health Care Advance Directive.

Question: What is a Health Care Advance Directive?

Answer: A Health Care Advance Directive tells others about how you want to be treated when you are sick, hurt and not able to speak for yourself.

If you would like to make sure your wishes are heard if you cannot talk, you will need to start a Health Care Advance Directive. This can be done through a Living Will and/or a Health Care Power of Attorney. Both are explained below.

Question: What is a Living Will?

Answer: A living will states, in writing, the health care you wish to have or not have, when you are sick, hurt and not able to speak for yourself.

Question: What is Health Care Power of Attorney?

Answer: A Health Care Power of Attorney allows you to choose a fellow adult who would make health care choices for you if you are not able.

Plan Ahead

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Health care laws differ from state to state. To make sure your wishes are heard, you should use a form that you know is legal in the state where you live. Below is a list of web site links to your state’s facts. For more info, click on your state’s link or call the state number listed below:

West Virginia

West Virginia Center for End of Life Care; or 1-877-209-8086

Info for US

CaringInfo: National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization


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