Advanced Directives

What are advance directives?

These are legal documents that allow you to specify your wishes concerning medical treatments at the end of life.

South Carolina and federal law allow adults, 18 years or older, the right to make decisions about their own health care. This includes accepting, rejecting or discontinuing treatment, or choosing someone else to make decisions on their behalf. The same applies to health care through Hospice of the Upstate.

Most patients can express their wishes to their doctor, but those who are very ill or unconscious often cannot. An advance directive allows you to still communicate your wishes should you become unable to speak effectively for yourself.

Hospice of the Upstate offers information and community education on Advance Directives. If you or your loved one would like more information, or would like to sit down and talk, please contact us at 864-224-3358. Please know that this is not intended to replace the advice of legal counsel regarding these or other planning documents.

Two types of advance directives:

  • In a health care power of attorney, you name an agent who will tell the doctor what treatment should or should not be provided.
  • In a living will, you tell your doctor that you do not want to receive certain treatment.