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Settlement Health - Advance Directives

Advance directives are verbal or written instructions made by you before an incapacitating illness or injury. Advance directives communicate that your wishes about your treatment be followed if you are too sick or unable to make decisions about your care. Advance directives include but are not limited to a health care proxy, consent to a do-not-resuscitate (DNR) order recorded in your medical record and a living will.


It is the policy of the organization to support patients in their desire to establish advanced directives for themselves and their family members. Educational information is available for distribution to patients.  The Social Services staff is available to provide patients with options to execute their directives. 

In the event that a life threatening situation was to occur in a patient with known advanced directives, it is the policy of the organization that we DO NOT honor those directives on site.  Emergency medical services should be summoned immediately and the patient transported to a nearby hospital.  The patient’s wishes regarding advanced directives shall be communicated to the responding team, so that the hospital can be informed of the patients advanced directive status.  If the organization is in possession of a copy of the directives, it will be supplied to the EMS services to accompany the patient to the hospital.

Ask to speak to your Provider or a Social Services Staff member if you would like additional information on advance directives.