This four-page handout uses a question and answer format to educate people about advance directives, which are legal documents that allow you to notify health care providers of your decisions about medical treatment ahead of time if you become unable to speak for yourself. It explains what an advance directive is, and discusses examples of documents such as the Health Care Power of Attorney (POA), the Declaration of Mental Health Treatment, the Living Will, and the Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) Order. It provides brief guidance on who to give these forms to, and how to make changes to the Advance Directive.
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