Advance directives are documents that allow you to make your wishes about end-of-life care known ahead of time, including who you
want to make healthcare decisions for you, should you ever become unable to speak for yourself.
Advance directives include the following properly executed documents:
- Living Will
- Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare
- Written statements expressing a patient's wishes regarding treatment and/or end-of-life care
- Patient statements regarding treatment and/or end of-life care documented in the medical record
It is important to understand the options available to you for advance directives and your rights under state law. SelectHealth and our
network of hospitals and providers are required to comply with state law and cannot refuse care or otherwise discriminate against you
based on whether or not you have a properly executed advance directive. If you don't have advance directives on file, this information will
be provided to you upon request.
Who should have advanced directives?
We encourage you to discuss your wishes with family members and healthcare providers, and to complete advance directives prior to receiving
care or being hospitalized. When you provide a copy of your advance directives to provider, they are required to keep the
documents in your medical record and refer to them when determining a course of treatment. You may change your advance directives
simply by giving your provider a new Living Will and Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare. To cancel or revoke your advance directives,
you should communicate your wishes in writing to your healthcare provider.
Where can I find additional information?
Ensuring that you understand your rights with regard to advance directives is very important to us. To help you, our staff has received
special training and education about the policies and procedures for advance directives. We also provide related community education.
For more information about advance directives, please call or visit the appropriate phone number or website listed below:
- Intermountain Healthcare: toll-free 800-442-4845 or advance planning.
- St. Luke's Health System: 208-381-2616 or advance directives.
- P3 Health Partners Medical Group: 702-333-4700
If you have given your healthcare provider a signed advance directive, and you believe your healthcare provider has not followed your instructions,
you may file a complaint
Ask your nurse or doctor for more information about advance directives