Persons have a right to make their own healthcare decisions. But what if something happens that makes it impossible for you to communicate your decisions to your family or provider?
A Healthcare Directive is a written document that conveys your wishes regarding the use or refusal of medical care, including life-prolonging treatment, nutrition, and hydration.
It’s never too early to think about what kind of care you want in the event you are unable to make decisions for yourself. If you want people to know—and follow—your wishes, now is the time to do the following:
- Complete a Healthcare Directive.
- Talk to your spouse, family, clergy, and doctor about your preferences.
Forms and more detailed information about healthcare directives are available by contacting Trinity Health’s Pastoral Care Department. Consider it a gift to yourself as well as your loved ones.