Advance Health Care Directives
Advance health care directives provide instructions about the level of health care someone wants or does not want in the event that they become seriously ill and unable to speak for themselves.
Advance directives can be short, simple statements expressing someone’s values and choices. Advance directives are not used as long as an individual is able to express his or her own decisions on whether to accept or refuse medical treatment. They are used only when an attending health care provider determines that someone is in a terminal condition and is no longer able to participate in making decisions regarding medical treatment.
oneHealth values each patient and their personal choices related to Advanced Health Care Directives.
Part of this process is to provide all of our patients with the necessary resources to complete this very important paperwork. We have provided all necessary and required documents in PDF form here on the oneHealth website and we also offer this same package in printed form at the registration desk of our clinic. oneHealth annotates within the patient records that Advanced Health Care Directives are on file and we also suggest utilizing the Montana’s End of Life Registry.
Montana’s End-of-Life Registry stores advance health care directives in a secure computer database and makes these documents available to health care providers. This Registry does not provide legal advice or legal services. Consumers should consult with their healthcare provider team, attorney or agencies that specialize in end-of-life care choices regarding questions they have related to advance health care directives, living wills, health care (medical) powers of attorney and other personalized directives.
The End-of-Life Registry program has worked with the Montana State University (MSU) Extension and MHA – An Association of Montana Health Care Providers to create a number of resources to help health care facilities implement the program. You will also want to provide a copy of your advance directives to your medical provider or other health care providers. oneHealth providers are required to make your directive part of your medical record and to follow its provisions. When you name a person as your designee, oneHealth or other health care provider(s) are required to follow the designee’s instructions.