Take charge of your healthcare decisions
Life is filled with choices and your healthcare is no exception. None of us know what the future holds or what medical decisions may have to be made on our behalf. The most important thing you can do is choose who you trust to carry out your healthcare wishes if you’re ever unable.
Choices and Champions is a free service provided by Novant Health to help guide you through the process of safeguarding your future. It is designed to help you name your healthcare champion and think about other medical choices you may face, including how to complete an advance directive to make your decisions legally binding.
From talking with your loved ones to documenting your wishes, we’ll help remove the uncertainty from your healthcare and make sure that everyone – you, your
What are advance directives?
Advance directives are legal documents about medical wishes that are used when you are not able to speak for yourself. These documents include the following:
- Someone to speak for you – When you are not able to speak for yourself, we need to know whom you want to make medical decisions for you. You may name someone to be your “agent” to make these decisions. This is done in a legal document called a “Health Care Power of Attorney” or “Power of Attorney for Health Care Decisions.” Signing a
document naming an agent is the only way to make sure that decisions are made by the person that you want making decisions for you.
- End of life care – You have the right to make decisions about the types of care that you want or don’t want at the end of your life. If you become unable to speak for
yourself, a “living will” is a document that tells your wishes about treatments that keep you alive, such as breathing machines and feeding tubes.
- Mental health treatment – If you have special wishes about mental health treatment choices, you may prepare a document sharing those wishes. This may be included as part of your Health Care Power of Attorney.
- Organ donation – You also may decide to be an organ donor. You can include this in an advance directive, sign an organ donation card, tell your loved one about your wishes or indicate that you are an organ donor on your driver’s license.
What do I need to do?
- If you have an advance directive, please give us a copy. You also should give copies to all of your doctors and loved ones.
- If you don’t have an advance directive and would like to make one, please let us know. Our staff has all the forms you need and is happy to help you, free of charge.
Ensure your wishes are honored
We encourage you to think about and discuss your healthcare choices. Designate your champions today and tell them about your choices. Deciding now is the only way to make sure your wishes are honored in the event of sudden illness or injury. Discussing your wishes – and making them legally binding – helps you, your loved ones and your care team because we all want you to receive the care that’s right for you.
From tips on how to start the conversation with your family and friends about the kind of care you prefer in specific situations to completing the appropriate advance directive forms to make your decisions official, we’re here for you every step of the way.
Novant Health’s policies
- We will follow your wishes about medical care
- We will honor your right to agree to or refuse medical or surgical treatment, including end of life wishes expressed through any do not resuscitate orders(DNR) or medical or physician orders for scope of treatment (often called MOST, POST or POLST).
- We can help you make treatment decisions and make those wishes known.
- There may be times when you cannot make decisions or tell us your wishes. If this happens, and you do not have an advance directive, we will follow the law regarding who may make medical decisions for you.