It is important for all patients to have an advance directive before their stay. Advance directives ensure that your personal healthcare wishes and goals are known by your family members and our healthcare team.
What is an advance directive?
An advance directive is a legal document that allows you to provide details on how to handle your healthcare if you are unable to make decisions for yourself. Issues considered include dying, living as long as possible, being kept alive on machines, quality of life and being independent.
Who can make an advance directive?
Those who are 18 years or older and of “sound mind.”
How do I make an advance directive?
There are two ways to make a formal Advance Directive. You can complete either a "Living Will" or a "Power of Attorney for Health Care" document. If you do not want to download these forms, they are available at the concierge desk of the hospital or can be obtained from the Division of Health website, or by calling (608) 266-1865. For a Wisconsin Do-It-Yourself Consumer Packet, Planning for Future Financial Decision-Making, you can visit the Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups website.
You do not need a lawyer to complete these forms. However, two persons must witness your signature to these forms. The forms themselves describe who may or may not be a witness.
If you would like assistance with completing an advance directive, please make an appointment with our Case Manager by calling 715-532-5561, ext. 1221.
The dedicated staff at RCMH wants to make the preparations for your hospital stay as easy as possible. Taking time to understand the preparation process will speed up your registration at the hospital and inform you of the expectations throughout your stay to make your hospital visit as comfortable as possible.