Advanced Directives

Advanced Directives

St. Margaret’s Hospital provides all adult patients with information on Advanced Directives, legally valid documents which express a person’s choice on life-sustaining treatments. Illinois law recognizes two types of Advanced Directives: the Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care and the Living Will.

The Two Types of Advanced Directives:

Power of Attorney

A Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care permits you to name someone to make health care decisions for you if you are unable to do so yourself. By designating someone you trust to act on your behalf, you are able to control decisions concerning your medical care and treatment.

Living Will

A Living Will allows you to state in advance what types of medical treatment you do or do not desire in case you develop a terminal illness and death is imminent.

For more information on Advance Directives, contact St. Margaret’s Patient & Family Services Department at (815) 664-1486. If your civic organization would like to request a program on Advance Directives, call (815) 664-1468.