Advance directives are legal documents that allow you to clearly communicate your wishes with regard to end-of-life care decisions.
Typically, advance directives include:
- Living Will: Specifies your wishes with regard to life-sustaining measures.
- Power of Attorney for Healthcare
- Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) Order: Indicates whether or not you would like healthcare professionals to provide CPR should your heart stop beating or if you stop breathing. Although frequently a component of advance directives, DNRs can exist without any other directives and not all advance directives include DNRs.