Patients & Visitors

Advance Directives Assistance

You may want to consider making advance directives to plan ahead for a time when decisions need to be made about your medical treatment or the use of artificial life support. Advance directives are written instructions about your health care preferences to be followed if you become unable to make decisions or communicate your desires. You develop these documents while you have the capacity to actively participate in decisions that affect your health care. Documenting your desires in writing will help to assure that your wishes are followed.

Make your desires clear

Communicate your desires clearly and document them in writing, in advance, of what you want should you lose the ability to make or communicate medical decisions. Your wishes only can be known and followed if you make and document them in advance.

Resources

For further information or assistance with advance directives, call St. Anthony's case management department at 314-525-1184.