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Advanced Healthcare Directive

This Directive grants a power of attorney or agency which is "durable" in that the persons to whom it is given can make health care decisions on your behalf if you are disabled. Unlike a general power of attorney, your durable special power of attorney will survive your disability.

It is "special" in that it gives its holder only the right to make decisions regarding medical attention and services. The holder cannot use this power of attorney for any other purpose.

This directive may also include power to make decisions concerning "Do Not Recessitate" Orders, and orders to avoid heroics or extraordinary measures in terminally ill patients.

Durable special powers of attorney are often given to close family members. In the event of a medical emergency, this document can be presented to a health care service provider as written documentation authorizing the holder of the power to make health care decisions for you if you are unable to do so.