Advanced Care Planning
Call (603) 227-7000 ext. 3013 to speak with a social worker about advance directives.
We encourage patients' rights to discuss and plan for life-threatening illness and end-of-life care. Through participation in National Healthcare Decisions Day 2013, we helped patients learn how to state wishes about future medical care to their families and healthcare providers. In 2012, more than 11,500 patients have had advance directives discussions with their providers. Nearly 1,400 of them have advance directives on file in their electronic medical record.
The Advanced Care Planning Guide on the Foundation for Health Communities Web site is a tool for thinking about, talking about and planning for life-threatening illness or end-of-life care. It involves two sections to help individuals through the process:
- Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care
The Durable Power of Attorney section allows individuals to identify another person to act as their healthcare agent, making medical decisions for them should they become incapacitated. The document has an area for special instructions, such as which treatments doctors should provide and for how long.
- Living Will
- The Living Will section instructs a physician not to provide life-sustaining treatment, if the individual is near death or permanently unconscious, without the hope of recovery. If individuals do not want medically administered nutrition or hydration, New Hampshire law requires that you say so in your document.