Understanding Advanced Directives

• What is an Advanced Directive?
A legal document that allows you to spell out your medical decisions, if you are unable to do so.

• What is a Durable Power of Attorney for Medical Care?
A legal document that names some one you trust to make health care decisions for you, if you are unable to do so.

• What is a Healthcare Directive (Living Will)?
A legal document that tells which medical treatments you want, if you are unable to do so.

• What is a Do-Not-Resuscitate (DNR)?
An order that is written by your doctor. It instructs health care providers not to do cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) if your breathing stops or if your heart stops beating.

• What is aTransportable Physician Orders for Patient Preference?
A physician order that communicates your wishes regarding CPR, ventilation and other life sustaining treatments.This is transportable across all settings if you have a life threatening illness.


If you have further questions, would like more information about advanced directives, or would like to obtain the appropriate forms, please contact:

Pastoral Care Department at HaysMed 785-623-2284

Palliative Care Department at HaysMed 785-623-6200

Continuing Care Department at HaysMed 785-623-5273


Advance Directives Form