Who needs an Advance Directive?
This form is used by patients to appoint their health care representative. The health care representative will make the decisions concerning the health of the patient. So, this form is signed by the patient and their representative. It is designed for Oregon.
What is the Advance Directive for?
Oregon directive form is a written statement of a patient’s wishes regarding medical treatment. The patient appoints a health care representative who will make decisions in case the patient can’t do it. The patient must be of sound mind when signing the directive. She uses this form to give instructions to the representative. The representative must follow all the directions of the patient as stated in the document.
What documents must be accompanied by the Advance Directive?
The patient can attach additional sheets to the directive to express her will and a health care power of attorney.
Does the Advance Directive have a validity period?
Unless the patient has limited the duration of the document, it doesn’t have a validity period. The patient can revoke the form any moment.
What information should be provided in the Advance Directive?
While filling out the directive, the filler has to provide the following information:
- Personal name, birthday, address
- Term of the directive’s validity
- Name of the health care representative (and alternate representative), her phone number, address
- Type the special conditions and instructions (limits, life support, tube feeding) in a condition close to death, permanently unconscious, advanced progressive illness, extraordinary suffering
- The patient must date and sign the directive.
Part D of the form is signed by the witnesses.
Part C is the appointment acceptance by a health care representative. The representative must sign the form and print her name.
What do I do with the Advance Directive after its completion?
The signed Directive is forwarded to the patient’s lawyer or to the family for keeping.