Advance Directives

If you become unable to consent to, or refuse, medical treatment while at Schneck, decisions may be made by a member of your immediate family or a court-appointed individual, unless you make other provisions. 

To make your own decisions about future medical treatment before you become seriously ill, there are three things you can do:
  1. Speak directly to your family and medical provider.
  2. Appoint someone to speak and make decisions for you.,
  3. Put specific medical instructions in writing, in the form of Advance Directives.

What are Advance Directives?
Formal Advance Directives are documents written in advance of a serious illness. They state your choices for healthcare or name someone to make those choices in the event you become unable to make them yourself.

What types of Advance Directives are there?
In Indiana, there are four Advance Directives:
  • Living Will Declaration
  • Life-Prolonging Procedures Declaration
  • Appointment of a Healthcare Representative
  • Power of Attorney for Healthcare
  • Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment (POST)

How can I get an Advance Directive?
Certain forms are available from Schneck Patient Services. Ask your nurse to put you in contact with Patient Services for assistance. 

For additional information, visit the Indiana State Department of Health Advanced Resource Center or review their Advance Directive brochure