Frequently Asked Questions

How do I make my choices about Life-Prolonging Treatment known?

The Virginia Health Care Decisions Act allows you to make two types of decisions about your healthcare in an Advance Directive. The first type of decision you can make tells people how to care for you if you ever have a terminal condition and you are unable to make decisions for yourself. This document is often called a "LIVING WILL". A terminal condition is an incurable condition in which death is imminent. It also means a vegetative state, which some people call a permanent coma, even when death is not imminent. In either case, a doctor has determined that there is no medically reasonable hope for recovery.

Signing this type of Advance Directive permits you to decide in advance whether you want doctors to give you waht the law calls "life-prolonging procedures".