Advance Directives are legal documents that describe, in detail, the medical care you want to receive should you become incapable of making medical decisions on your own. Copies of these documents should then given to your doctor and to members of your family.
Your Advance Directives describe the treatment you would want to receive, depending on your level of illness, such as the care you would expect to receive in the event that you are deemed unlikely to recover from a medical condition or if you become permanently unconscious. Advance Directives inform your physician, 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.
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 contact the Care Management Department at (603) 335-8144. To learn more about Advance Care Directives. visit the Foundation for Healthy Communities.