Advance Directives are forms that explain your decisions about the medical care you want to receive in the future. The form may also tell who you want to make decisions for you if you are unable to make them yourself. They are a way for you to let your family, friends, and doctors know your wishes. Here are two types of advance directive forms you may want to fill out:
Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care: This form lets you choose another person to make decisions about your medical care.
Living Will: This form tells others what type of care you wish to receive if you are at the end of life or unconscious. You may give instructions about medical care that could save or support
Do Not Resuscitate Order: This form tells others that you do NOT want to be resuscitated if your breathing and heartbeat stop.
Give a copy of the form to anyone that should know your wishes, such as:
Important Points about advance directives:
If you have questions about advance directives talk to your doctor or see common
questions and answers from the State of Michigan.
If you need a copy of advance directive forms call Customer Service toll free at
1-866-291-8691. Forms are also below or available at your doctor's office.
If you have a complaint about how a provider is following your wishes, write or call:
Bureau of Health Professions
Complaint and Allegation Division
PO Box 30670
Lansing, MI 48909
or a complaint may be filed on-line at:
File an Allegation Against a Health Care Licensee(click on "file a complaint")