Advance Directives (Living Will)

You have the right to make important legal decisions in advance about your health care. “Advance Directives” are documents written in advance of the time when you are unable to make health care decisions for yourself. By law, the lack of advance directives does not hamper your access to care.

Medical Power of Attorney Form

Except to the extent you state otherwise, this document gives the person you name as your agent the authority to make any and all health care decisions for you in accordance with your wishes when you are no longer capable of making them yourself. Formulario en Español
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Complete information about the Advance Directives in Texas, including additional legally recognized forms, in English and Spanish, may be found here.

Forms

Advance directives are legal documents that allow you to convey your decisions about end-of-life care ahead of time. They provide a way for you to communicate your wishes to family, friends and health care professionals, and to avoid confusion later on.

  • Declaration for Mental Health Treatment — This document allows you to make decisions in advance about mental health treatment and specifically three types of mental health treatment: psychoactive medication, convulsive therapy, and emergency mental health treatment. The instructions that you include in this declaration will be followed only if a court believes that you are incapacitated to make treatment decisions. Otherwise, you will be considered able to give or withhold consent for the treatments.
  • Directive to Physicians and Family or Surrogates Form — This form is designed to help you communicate your wishes about medical treatment at some time in the future when you are unable to make your wishes known because of illness or injury.
  • Medical Power of Attorney Form — Except to the extent you state otherwise, this document gives the person you name as your agent the authority to make any and all health care decisions for you in accordance with your wishes, including your religious and moral beliefs, when you are no longer capable of making them yourself.
  • Out-of-Hospital Do Not Resuscitate Information & Form — This form instructs emergency medical personnel and other health care professionals to forgo resuscitation attempts and to permit the patient to have a natural death with peace and dignity. This order does NOT affect the provision of other emergency care including comfort care.

Advance Directive information is also available from the admitting staff, nurses, chaplains, social workers, case managers and patient representatives, or at the Information Desk of your Seton healthcare facility.

Information for those interested in a Catholic version of Advance Directives may be found here.