Advance Directives

State and federal laws allow you to indicate what treatments (particularly life-sustaining ones) should be administered, discontinued or withheld if you should lose your decision-making capacity when facing a terminal illness.  They also allow you to identify another person to make treatment decisions for you in the event you are no longer able to make them.  This may be accomplished by completing the form "Appointing a Healthcare Representative" (previously known as "Power of Attorney for Healthcare") and / or "Giving Healthcare Instruction" (previously known as "Directive to Physicians" or a living will).