Making decisions about medical care is not always easy – especially now that machines can keep patients alive even when there is no hope for recovery. It’s your right to participate and plan for your care. But at some point, you may become unable to make your own health care decisions. That’s why it’s important to think and talk about your feelings and beliefs with your loved ones – long before critical medical decisions must be made.
This guide provides you with information about creating an “advance directive” – a legal document that states your preferences about medical care. Please read it carefully and discuss it with your family, doctor, nurse practitioner, patient representative, chaplain or other caregiver.
To download the complete guide go to: http://www.healthynh.com/fhc/initiatives/performance/eol/2010%20ACPG.pdf
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