Advance Directives are legal documents that provide instructions for medical care and only go into effect if you cannot communicate your own wishes.
The two most common advance directives for health care are:
- Living will
- Durable power of attorney.
A living will is a legal document that tells doctors how you want to be treated if you cannot make your own decisions about emergency treatment.
A durable power of attorney for health care is a legal document that names your health care proxy, a person who can make health care decisions for you if you are unable to communicate these yourself.
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