Advance Directive (for Health Care):

An advance directive is a written instruction relating to the provision of future health care when an individual is lacks capacity (see definition below).The term “advance directive” generally refers to three documents: a living will (also known as a health care directive or directive to physicians), a durable power of attorney for health care form (Health Care Agent), and a personal statement of values and goals of care. Other documents can also be included under the umbrella term “advance directive” at an individual’s discretion such as other forms instructions for organ donation and donation of one’s body for educational or scientific purposes. Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment (POST) are not advance directives.

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