11 Aug What are Healthcare Directives?

What are Healthcare Directives?  Health Care Directives consist of a Living Will and a Health Care Power of Attorney.  The purpose of a Living Will is to document your wish that life-sustaining treatment, including artificially or technologically supplied nutrition and hydration, be withheld or withdrawn if you are unable to make informed medical decisions and are in a terminal condition or in a permanently unconscious state. The Living Will does not affect the responsibility of health care personnel to provide comfort care to you.  The Health Care Power of Attorney gives the person you designate (the attorney in fact) the power to make most health care decisions for you in you lose the capacity to make informed health care decisions for yourself.