What exactly are Healthcare Advance Directives and what is their importance? If we consult Merriam-Webster, they’re defined as: “legal document(s) signed by a competent person to provide guidance for medical and healthcare decisions in the event the person becomes incompetent to make such decisions.”
According to Barbara Fradkin, one of our campus Social Workers at our Masonic Center for Health & Rehabilitation and a regarded campus expert on the topic, “The law does not require you to complete advance directives. The law also does not require you to have an attorney to complete an advance directive. It’s your choice.”
And a choice that we highly encourage.