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Learn about advance directives at CCH

Jan 13, 2022 07:33PM ● By Med Magazine

The state of Nebraska gives every competent adult, 19 years or older, the right to make their own health care decisions, including accepting, rejecting or discontinuing medical care. CCH is here to help you understand your rights and make your wishes known through health care advance directives. You are not required to have an advance directive, but it is important to share your wishes with others if you have strong feelings about your medical care and treatments.

Advance directives are documents that state your preferences about medical care, or that designate someone to make decisions about your medical care if you are unable to do soyourself. The state of Nebraska recognizes two types of advance directives — a living will declaration and a durable power of attorney for health care. It is important to note that two qualified witnesses or a notary must sign each advance directive.

“When we’re sick in the hospital, that is not the time we should be creating advance directives,” said Theresa Hilton, director of outreach services at Columbus Community Hospital. “Ideally, we should be creating these documents when we are healthy and have the opportunity to discuss the topic with our loved ones.”

CCH is a free, local resource for all who are interested in creating or updating advance directive documents. If you have already created an advance directive, you should share it with CCH and your health care providers to ensure we add it to your file. 

For more information on health care advance directives or to set up an appointment, call the Columbus Community Hospital social work office at 402-562-4499, or visit columbushosp.org.