Advance Directives are legal documents that describe, in detail, your preferences for end of life care, such as the medical care you want to receive should you become incapable of making medical decisions on your own.
Advance Directives inform your physician and family/friends, in writing, that there may be specific medical treatments you wish to avoid. Advanced Directives may also declare specific treatment options that you are willing to pursue, no matter the level of illness. Advance Directives are filed at the hospital, as well as with your primary care provider. You should also provide copies to members of your family.
In New Hampshire, Advance Directives include Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care and Living Will. We urge you to learn more about your state’s Advance Directive laws.
Upon admission to the hospital, please bring a copy of your most up-to-date Advance Directives; individual situations and wishes change, therefore the hospital cannot assume the validity of the Advanced Directives that were provided at a previous, or current, hospital admission.
If you have questions or concerns regarding Advance Directives, Frisbie encourages you to talk with your physician and loved ones. For additional information about how to execute an Advance Directive, please talk with your healthcare provider.