An advance health care directive (advance directive) allows you to state choices for your future medical care or name someone to make medical decisions for you in the event you become seriously ill and are unable to communicate your wishes. Types of advance directives include a living will, a health care power of attorney or a combination document. Main Line Health hospitals honor your right to make an advance directive. We are required by law to ask all adult patients whether they have an advance directive. If you have an advance directive, please share it with your doctor and bring a copy with you to the hospital so that your care providers may know your wishes.
For more information about advance directives, please ask your nurse or social worker or call the Riddle Hospital Department of Social Work at 484.227.3686.
You will be asked in Admissions whether or not you have an advance directive. A member of the nursing staff will follow up on your response when you reach your room. If you have an advance directive, you will be asked to have a copy brought to the hospital for incorporation into your medical records.
Download a sample advance health care directive form from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This sample form is provided for informational and educational purposes and is not intended as legal or medical advice. If you choose to use this form or make your own advance directive, you should consult with your physician and your attorney to be sure that your wishes are clearly stated and comply with the law.
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