Different from a traditional will, a living will is established to communicate end-of-life medical decisions. If a patient is unable to communicate, a living will explains the level of life-saving measures the patient prefers to their family and medical providers. The following forms to do not include a Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) form. For this form or for more information, please talk to your doctor.
IMPORTANT: Do not sign these forms. They must be signed in front of a notary public. Contact Angie Del Nero, our social worker and a notary public, at 828-262-9170 to set up a time to sign these forms.
A living will lets you state your wishes regarding life-prolonging measures in the event that you can no longer make your own health care decisions and you are terminally ill, permanently unconscious, or suffer from permanent loss of cognitive ability.
Healthcare Power of Attorney
A healthcare power of attorney allows you to name someone to make decisions about your health care—including decisions about life-prolonging measures—any time you can no longer speak for yourself (not just at end of life).