Avoid the doubt. Put your voice on paper.
An important part of patient safety is ensuring you are aware of your options and opportunities for care. Beaumont Health believes it is essential you know your rights, especially in the event of a serious injury in which you are unable to speak for yourself and make your wishes known.
If you are unable to make your own health care decisions, an advance directive will ensure that your desires for treatment are followed. You can also designate a patient advocate to speak for you, someone you trust to speak for you when you cannot do it yourself.
Advance directives cover a variety of decisions, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), life support, and organ donation. This is an opportunity for you to choose who you would like to make decisions for you on your behalf when you are no longer able. It also provides an opportunity for you to share your wishes with your family and health care providers so your wishes are honored when the time comes.
The advance directive recognized by the State of Michigan is called the Patient Advocate Designation, formerly known as the Durable Power of Attorney for health care.