A time may come when someone else will have to make decisions about your health or other personal care. You can name someone to make decisions on your behalf. You can record your instructions, wishes, values, and beliefs in a document called a personal directive. If you think ahead about what kinds of care you might want when that happens, you have a better chance of getting that care. You can also make it easier for the people who make those decisions for you. 

 It is particularly important to have a personal directive in place during this time of pandemic when you cannot have someone accompany you in the hospital.  It helps to make sure your dignity and your wishes are respected while receiving care.

Reviewed January 2021