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Advance Directives
Planning for Medical Care in the Event of
Loss of Decision-Making Ability

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LONG TERM CARE

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OMBUDSMAN PROGRAM

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Bradley Geller
Michigan Long Term Care Ombudsman Program

Advance Directives
Planning for Medical Care in the Event of

Loss of Decision-Making Ability

Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care

Living Will

Do-Not-Resuscitate Order

Declaration of Anatomical Gift

02/2014

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Foreword

We all value the right to make decisions for ourselves. Whether we term
this autonomy, liberty or independence, it is central to our concept of dignity.

One important area in which we exercise independence is in choosing the
medical treatment we receive. Few would deny a competent adult has the right to
consent to or refuse particular medical treatments or medically related services.

Unfortunately, due to illness or injury, we may not remain able to
participate in treatment decisions. Such disability may be temporary or
permanent.

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