Advance directives, such as Durable Power of Attorney and a Living Will, are ways to express your healthcare wishes. Advance directives allow everyone involved in your patient care, including your Southeastern Med healthcare team and your family, to know your wishes before treatment occurs. They are especially helpful in the event that you can’t communicate your wishes to us.

If you do have an advance directive, we’ll need to have a copy of it on file. Someone from your patient care team will review it with you to be sure it expresses your current wishes.

If you don’t have an advance directive on file, we can provide you with information to help you control the extent and intensity of your care. If you’d like information on advance directives, tell your nurse or contact our Pastoral Care (ext. 8190) or Social Services (ext. 8117) departments.