Health Care Decisions for Your FuturePeople everywhere are being faced with decisions about issues such as life support, nutrition and resuscitation efforts for themselves and family members. Sidney Health Center knows the importance of such issues. We would like to provide you with some information to help answer questions you might have.
Advance Directives - Stating Your Medical Wishes in WritingAdvance Directives are documents which state your choices about medical treatment or name someone to make decisions about your medical treatment if you are unable to make these decisions or choices yourself. They are called “advance” directives, because they are signed in advance to let your doctor and other health care providers know your wishes concerning medical treatment. Through advance directives, you can make legally valid decisions about your future medical care. Montana law recognizes two types of advance directives:
- Living Will Declaration
- Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care
Additional information about Advance Directives is available from the following resources:
- Put It In Writing – sponsored by the American Hospital Association
- Montana’s End-of-Life Registry – administered by the Montana Attorney General’s Office