Advance directives can help you, your family, friends and doctors understand and know your decisions regarding treatment if you become seriously ill. As a patient, you have the right to make your own healthcare decisions, guide your medical treatment and plan what should be done in the event that you are unable to speak for yourself. Advance directives are legal documents (also known as living wills) designed to inform your loved ones and healthcare providers about your healthcare preferences.
Your family members won't have to guess, and they won't have to make hard choices about your health care if your situation or condition prevents you from communicating your wishes.
Federal law requires hospitals to give you information about advance directives, as well as to honor any such document that is completed and filed with the hospital in which you are receiving care.
The Attorney General has a booklet that discusses the options available in Connecticut to help you to provide written instructions as to what treatment choices you desire to be made if you become unable to express your wishes. Click here to download a copy of the Attorney General booklet
How We Can Help
In addition to the forms provided by the Attorney General, members of the Patient and Family Advisory Board at St. Vincent’s Medical Center developed a simplified Advanced Directive packet which we will honor as well. Click here to download a copy of the Advance Directives Form.
If you are interested in having a conversation about forming your advance directives, please call to speak with one of our social workers at (203) 576-5608.