Human Resources

Advanced Directives

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

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.