Personal Decisions About Your Healthcare
What would happen if you experienced a critical medical problem and couldn’t speak for yourself? Is there someone who knows your wishes concerning your care, life support or other interventions?
An Advance Directive is a legal document that communicates your end-of-life wishes to your loved ones, doctor and healthcare team. This document can save your family a tremendous amount of pain and anguish; and keep in mind, you can change your Advance Directive at any time.
In North Carolina, there are three types of Advance Directives: the Living Will, the Healthcare Power of Attorney and an Advance Instruction for Mental Health Treatment.
Having an Advance Directive is a personal choice. At Wayne Memorial Hospital, we believe the decision process concerning your care is made easier if you have designated someone to speak on your behalf.
Upon admission you will be given a brochure that explains Advance Directives in more detail. However, if you would like more information, please ask your nurse, call 919.731.6334, contact us online, or review caringinfo.org for some excellent reference materials. You can also hear more about Advance Directives by clicking on the “JoAnne Nance” tab below.
At Wayne Memorial, we are proud to offer comprehensive medical care to patients from across Wayne County, NC, including Clinton, Goldsboro, Greenville, Kinston, LaGrange, Mount Olive, Princeton, Rocky Mount, Smithfield and Wilson.