Advanced Directives

Communication in Advance

An Advance Directive for Health Care is used to communicate in advance a patient’s instructions regarding medical treatment, including life-sustaining treatment, in the event the patient is not able to make decisions in the future. It is also used to appoint representatives, called “health-care proxies” who can make all health care decisions on behalf of the person who executed the document.

If a patient lacks capacity to make medical decisions, a representative often must step in and make decisions on behalf of the patient. Representatives can be appointed in advance by the patient or may be appointed by a court. Certain documents also provide evidence of patients’ wishes to guide the decision-making of surrogates.

Click here to download an Advance Directive for Health Care Form.

 

You can order forms from DHS Publications by calling 1-877-283-4113 or 405-962-1721

Request by fax to 405-524-9633

Email request to the Oklahoam department of Human Services (OKDHS) at Bill.Gulick@OKDHS.org

 

Your right to Decide: Oklahoma’s Advance Directive & Other Health Care Planning Tools is now available.  This 36-page booklet provides information every Oklahoman needs to know about planning for incapacity and staying in control of medical care at the end of life.  You may download a copy by clicking the link below or send an email to  info@OklahomaSeniorLaw.org to order a free copy of the booklet.

Click here to download a copy of  "Your Right to Decide"

 There are different legal documents that grant representatives authority and/or provide information about patient wishes. These may include:

  • Advance Directive for Health Care
  • Durable Power of Attorney
  • DNR Consent
  • Letters of Guardianship
  • HIPAA Authorization

Each type of document has different requirements for valid execution, take effect at various times, and serves a different purpose.

 

Who Decides? Caring for Patients with Diminshed Capacity provides important information to physicians and other health care providers about the legal and ethical issues that arise when caring for patient with diminished capacity. You may download a copy by clicking the link below or sending an email info@OklahomaSeniorLaw.org.

Click here to download a copy of "Who Decides? Caring for Patients with Dimished Capacity"