Advance Directives

Learn why you need to have an advance directive.


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One important area in which we exercise independence is in choosing the medical treatment we receive.  Unfortunately, due to illness or injury, we may not remain able to participate in treatment decisions. Such disability may be temporary or permanent. 

An advance directive is a written document in which you specify what type of medical care you want in the future, or who you want to make decisions for you, should you lose the ability to make decisions for yourself.


  • Marianne Garascia , ACSW, LSW, Social Worker