Advance Directives

Advance directives are the name given to written documents that communicate your medical care preferences when you become unable to make decisions yourself. Your New Pueblo Medicine physician, family and other medical professionals will consult these instructions in the event you become unable to communicate. The most common advance directives include these documents:

  • Living will is a written legal document that describes the kind of medical treatment or life sustaining treatment you want, or do not want, if you become seriously or terminally ill.
  • Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care identifies the person you want to act on your behalf if you are unconscious or unable to make medical decisions yourself. This designated person, usually a spouse, relative or close friend, uses your living will as a guide in making decisions on your health care. Without a medical POA, decisions about your health care default to your spouse. If you are not legally married, decisions fall respectively to your children, parents, brother, sister or a close friend. If none of the above can be located, healthcare providers may make decisions on your behalf with the input of an ethics committee or a second physician.
  • Do Not Resuscitate Order is a request to NOT have cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) if your heart stops or you stop breathing. A DNR order can be placed in your medical chart by your primary care physician.

Laws and advance directives differ from state to state. To obtain forms for Arizona advance directives:

  • Visit the website of Arizona’s attorney general: www.azag.gov/life_care/index.html. Advance directive forms and information are available to download.
  • Contact Pima Council on Aging at (520) 790-7262
  • Speak to an attorney

For more information, call New Pueblo Medicine at (520) 290-0300.