Advance directives are written documents in which you specify what type of medical care you want in the future, or who you want to make decisions for you, should you lose the ability to make decisions for yourself. These forms can be completed before your visit. In Michigan, there are three types of Advance Directives:
Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare (DPOA)
This form lets you name someone to make decisions about your medical care — including decisions about life support, mental health treatment and anatomical gifts—if you can no longer speak for yourself. The DPOA is especially useful because it appoints someone to speak for you any time you are unable to make your own health care treatment decisions, not only at the end of life.
A living will is a written document in which you inform doctors, family members, and others what type of medical care you wish to receive should you become terminally ill or permanently unconscious.
A do-not-resuscitate declaration (DNR declaration) is a written document in which you express your wish that if your breathing and heartbeat cease, you do not want anyone to attempt to resuscitate you.
Declaration of Anatomical Gift
You can choose whether or not to give your patient advocate this power in the DPOA. You can also complete the separate form, Declaration of Anatomical Gift. If you state your wishes both in the DPOA and in the declaration of anatomical gift, make sure your wishes are the same in both documents.
For more information about advance directives, please call our Social Services Department at (906) 483-1533, (906) 483-1508 or (800) 573-5001 (toll-free).