At Pardee Hospital, we honor your right to make decisions about your own health care.
As a patient, you have the right to accept, refuse or withdraw from any treatment, even if you are not physically or mentally able to make these decisions at the time of treatment.
Advance directives ensure that your decisions about your treatment are honored. We are required to ask you if you have any advance directives. If so, we will need copies of these signed legal documents to place in your medical record.
Examples of advance directive documents include:
Living will, which is a declaration of your desire for a natural death
Health care power of attorney, which allows you to name a health care representative, such as a child or spouse
Advance instruction for mental health treatment, which specifies your mental health treatment choices
If you would like assistance in preparing advance directives, ask your nurse or call the chaplain's office at 828-696-1168.
If you have an advance directive such as a living will, please let your nurse know.