Each of us can now register our Living Will and Medical Power of Attorney with the State Department of Health. This is a free service which maintains records of Health Care Directives, Medical Powers of Attorney, Physicians’ Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment, and Mental Health Directives. Only authorized healthcare providers will be able to access these documents.
Through this service, you can ensure that your family and your physicians know your wishes. Many family members find it comforting to be sure of having current information about a loved one’s preferences for their medical care, and the registry offers help in keeping documents up to date. You may access your documents at any time, and annual reminders to update information are available.