Most people believe that decisions about the type of care they receive are personal and should be made by themselves or their loved ones. For this reason, it is important that people clearly communicate their wishes now about future medical treatment in the event they are not able to speak for themselves.
Making and communicating decisions about your healthcare wishes for the future is a gift to both you and those you love. Letting your loved ones know what kind of care you would like if you became seriously ill or injured can relieve stress by helping those who might otherwise struggle to decide on their own what you would want done.
Advance Directives are tools that enable this communication. "Advance Directive" is a general term that applies to two basic types of legal documents:
It is the policy of Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System to make sure that patient wishes for medical care and treatments are respected, in accordance with accepted principles of medical practice, ethics, and law. Advance Directives communicate your wishes should you be otherwise unable to make them known.
We offer free information about Advance Directives to all patients, and make every reasonable effort to find out if you have written a directive, or if you would like assistance in doing so. Advance Directive forms are also available on request. There are many ways to get answers to your questions about Advance Directives. Our goal is for you to live well, in a way that is meaningful to you, for your entire lifetime.
You may ask your physician or nurse, or you may call the office of Advance Care Planning at 864-560-6313.