During patient registration the clerk will ask you if you have an “advance directive”. This is a legal document to make sure your wishes will be followed concerning your future medical care. By filling out the “advance directive” you can eliminate additional anxiety for family members who may be asked to make decisions regarding your medical care.
The State of Illinois recognizes two types of advance directives, the Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care and the Living Will. A Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care permits you to name someone to make health care decisions for you if you are unable to do so. A Living Will is a document you may sign stating that you do not want life-prolonging medical interventions used if you develop a terminal condition.
If you have decided on organ donation, or if you have a special request, please tell a member of the nursing staff or Pastoral Care. Information on organ donation is available upon request from our Pastoral Care staff. You can get an “advance directive” form from Registration, Care Management, or Community Relations. Ask your nurse to contact one of these departments for you.