Advance directives are documents signed by a competent person giving direction to health care providers about treatment choices in certain circumstances. There are two types of advance directives. A durable power of attorney for health care (“durable power”) allows you to name a “patient advocate” to act for you and carry out your wishes. A living will allows you to state your wishes in writing, but does not name a patient advocate.
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