It is important to let your wishes be known in writing before you are unable to make decisions because you are ill or incapacitated. Such a document tells health care professionals and others what actions should be taken.
Health care directives are an important part of estate planning.
State Specific Form
The Pennsylvania Advance Health Care Directive protects your rights. You can refuse medical treatment you do not want, or request treatment you do want.
Power of Attorney
An element of this form is a Durable Health Care Power of Attorney. You can name someone to make decisions about your medical care and serve as your spokesperson should you be unable to communicate. This includes decisions about life-sustaining treatment, but is not limited to end of life decisions.
Your doctor will make the determination that you are no longer able to make or communicate about your health care. That is the point at which health care directives become effective.
A Living Will specifies directions when you become permanently unconscious or have an end-stage medical condition.
Your lawyer can help you with this form. Hippo, Fleming & Pertile Law Offices in Central PA, Altoona Area, Blair County Area is experienced with health care directives.