Advance Directives - Living Wills
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 and the Attorney General Booklet
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 St. Vincent's Can Help
Our team can help you create your own advance directives. Click here to download a copy of the Advance Directives Form. We will provide you with, and instruct you on how to complete and submit the forms necessary to make your healthcare preferences known ahead of time, or to name someone who can make these decisions on your behalf.
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