Patients & Visitors

What are Advance Directives?

You may have heard the term Advanced Directive during your healthcare journey. An advanced directive is a set of legal documents that outline these wishes for your healthcare wants and needs. These documents are utilized in the event you are not able to make decisions for yourself.

Completing these documents involves much more than just “completing the forms” mentioned above. It is one part of a process we call “advance care planning.”

If you have a written advance directive, make sure your loved ones and your physician know about it and where it is. Bring it when you are admitted to Memorial or any other hospital. A copy can be placed in your medical record so your doctors and nurses see it.

You may choose to express your wishes through advance directives such as:

These documents state your choices about your future care and, if you choose, name someone to decide for you if you should become unable to speak for yourself.