Advance directives are legal documents that state a patient's preference in treatment and resuscitation — if the patient is unable to speak for himself or herself. There are two types of advance directives:
- Living Will — This document states a patient's wishes in the withholding or withdrawing of life support, if the patient suffers from an incurable and terminal condition.
- Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare — This document designates another person to make healthcare decisions if the patient is no longer able to make them. This designated person also has the power to make the final decision about cessation of treatment.
Links to Resources
- State of Oregon, Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance
Provides information and link to sample Advanced Directive Form
- U.S. Living Will Registry
Provides information and national links to sample Advanced Directive Forms/Living Wills
- Oregon State Bar
Provides information concerning Advanced Directives/Living Wills in Oregon
- Cascade EAP
Our Employee Assistance Program through Cascade EAP has information on Living Wills and will be able to refer you to a local attorney who can help you draw up a living will.
The links above, with the exception of the U.S. Living Will Registry, are specific to the State of Oregon. One should note that each State may have different laws pertaining to living wills/advanced directives. This page is provided as a resource and is not intended to constitute legal advice.