Advance directives are legal documents that allow you to convey your decisions about end-of-life care ahead of time. They provide a way for you to communicate your wishes to family, friends and health care professionals, and to avoid confusion later on.
When planning for future healthcare needs, it is important to put legal documents in place to convey healthcare wishes in the event that you are unable. It is always important to discuss individual wishes with family and physicians. Completed and signed documents should be witnessed and presented to your physician, hospital and family. Hamilton General Hospital keeps advance directives on file at our Health Information Management Department.
Visit the Texas Department of Health and Human Services website to obtain these documents.
For more information or assistance regarding advance healthcare planning documents, please contact your physician or Social Services Department at (254) 386-1600.