The Oregon advance directive is a legal document that allows you to express your wishes for end-of-life care. It also provides the opportunity to assign someone to make healthcare decisions for you if you are in a situation where you cannot speak for yourself.
If you are not familiar with advance directives, you’re not alone. In a recent study done in the Salem area, more than a third of participants said they did not know about advance directives. Of those who did know, more than 30 percent had not created one.
It’s very easy to do. Simply document your wishes (you can download forms below) then share your decisions with family, friends and healthcare providers. Willamette Valley Hospice staff is available to provide complimentary workshops to groups that would like to learn more about advance directives or have someone walk them through the process of completing one.
Here are the documents you should complete.
Oregon Advance Directive
This legal document allows you to document your choices for medical care and life-sustaining treatments and/or appoint someone to make healthcare decisions for you if you are unable. A PDF of the form is available here.
The Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) form specifies the treatments you do or do not want to receive in a medical emergency. This form must be signed by a physician and is intended for those who are extremely frail or in the late stages of a chronic illness. More information is available here.
My Life Portfolio
This consolidates important personal information (e.g., financial account numbers, passwords, funeral arrangements) in one resource to aid loved ones in decision making. Print a copy here.