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Communicating Your Health Care Decisions

At Mercy Health Saint Mary's, we support your right to accept or refuse medical care. And the best way to make sure your choices are carried out is to discuss your wishes with your family, or the person that will speak on your behalf if you are unable to make decisions. If this isn't an option, or you aren't confident your wishes would be carried out, there are two documents that can help us understand what you want to happen:

The Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care (DPOA) lets you select someone you trust to make decisions for you if you are unconscious or for some other reason unable to communicate. This form is accepted as a legal document in Michigan.

The Living Will goes into effect when you are permanently unconscious or terminally ill and can no longer speak for yourself. It allows you to leave written instructions about the kinds of medical treatment you would or would not want to have. Living wills are used to make medical decisions only — they do not impact your money or property. If you decide to have a living will, we feel it is in your best interests to also complete a DPOA document so that someone will have the legal power to carry out your wishes.

Learn more and fill out an Advance Directive from the Michigan Department of Community Health >