You have the right to make decisions about your own medical treatments. These decisions become more difficult if, due to illness or a change in mental condition, you are unable to tell your doctor and loved ones what kind of healthcare treatments you want. That is why it is important to make your wishes known.
Advance Directives, which include living wills, healthcare power of attorney and durable power of attorney, are the legal documents that allow you to give direction to medical personnel, and family concerning your future when you cannot speak for yourself. To learn more, please ask your nurse.