Advance Directives are written instructions such as a living will or durable
power of attorney for healthcare that communicate your wishes regarding
treatment decisions in the event you become incapacitated and unable to
make those decisions yourself.
Living wills provide direction regarding life-prolonging procedures and
are only acted upon if the patient has a terminal condition, end-stage
(irreversible condition) or is in a persistent vegetative state.
A healthcare power of attorney is someone you appoint to make treatment
decisions for you if you are unable to do so. Before appointing a healthcare
power of attorney, you should discuss your wishes with the person you
choose to ensure that they understand your wishes and would be willing
to carry them out.
A durable power of attorney for healthcare should not be confused with
a financial power of attorney. A healthcare durable power of attorney
relates only to healthcare decision-making and provides no authority to
make financial decisions. You may choose different people for assistance
with your healthcare and financial decisions.
Your caregivers will ask if you have completed Advance Directives so that
we know your wishes in the event you become incapacitated. You can consult
with an attorney or our Advance Directives Consultant to assist you with
completing them if necessary. When there are no Advance Directives, the
Illinois Surrogacy Act allows for the appointment of a person in order
of availability, such as your guardian, spouse or adult child, etc., to
make medical decisions on your behalf.
For your convenience, you can follow the links below to view and download
a variety of instructions and forms related to Advance Directives.