Frequently Asked Questions

Will an Advance Directive help me if I do not have a terminal condition?

Yes. The Health Care Decisions Act permits you to make a second kind of decision in an Advance Directive. You may name someone to make treatment decisions - to accept or refuse medical care - for you if at some point you cannot make them yourself. This type of Advance Directive is often called a "MEDICAL POWER OF ATTORNEY", a "DURABLE POWER OF ATTORNEY FOR HEALTH CARE" or a "HEALTH CARE PROXY". The person named in this type of Advance Directive can make all healthcare decisions for you that you could have made for yourself if you were able, whether or not you are terminally ill. Or you may direct instead that he or she make only those decisions you list. The law says that the person you choose cannot make decisions that he or she knows go against your religious beliefs, basic values and stated preference. You also may name a person who will see that your organs or your body is donated, as you wish, after your death.