Advance Directive

Planning Your Living Will

We think you are the most important person who will ever be involved in your care. You have the right to make decisions about your care. We want you to be active in all your healthcare choices.

It is an unpleasant thought, but what if you became too sick to tell the doctor what you want your care to be? An Advance Directive is a way to make sure that your wishes are known. You can make decisions in advance of care or name someone to make those choices if you cannot. 

You can get an Advance Directive form from your doctor, your care manager, a lawyer, a legal services agency or a social worker. Organizations that give people information about Medicare or Healthy Connections Medicaid, such as I-CARE (South Carolina’s State Health Insurance Program, or SHIP), may also have advance directive forms.

Once you complete the form, ask your doctor to put it in your file. You can also ask your doctor any questions you may have. Together, you can make decisions that will set your mind at ease.

If you should ever need or want to, you can change your Advance Directive at any time. You should make sure others know you have an Advance Directive.

With an Advance Directive, you can be sure that you are cared for as you wish, at a time when you cannot give the information.