Planning ahead by completing an Advance Directive and communicating your end-of-life wishes will relieve loved ones and healthcare providers of the need to guess what you would want.
Advance Directives are legal documents which allow you to plan for future medical care, particularly in the situation where you are unable to make your decisions known. An Advance Directive allows you to designate a health care representative and give instructions for your care should you become unable to communicate your wishes and decisions.
If you have signed an Advance Directive, your hospice care team will cooperate with you and your primary physician in following its terms and conditions. Your health care representative and your family should have a copy of your Advance Directive, and copies should be kept in your home as well as in your physician's medical record, your hospital chart, and your Benton Hospice Service chart.
An Advance Directive is something everyone should have, regardless of whether or not hospice is involved. An Advance Directive makes your wishes known if you find yourself in a situation where you are unable to do that for yourself. It allows family members to carry out instructions rather have to make difficult decisions on your behalf without knowing what you would have wanted.
We encourage you to download the Advance Directive form for use in Oregon, fill it out, and share it with your family, friends, and physician. If you live outside Oregon, check with your home state for the appropriate document, or follow the link below to Caring Connections, which can direct you to various states' forms.
Benton Hospice Service employees and volunteers respect and support your right to make decisions about your medical care, including your right to accept or refuse treatment, your right to formulate an Advance Directive, and your right to request the withholding or withdrawal of life sustaining procedures.