Health Care Decisions

No one likes to think about the possibility of losing capacities or becoming severely ill. But the more completely that patients and their families understand the options and the patient expresses their feelings, the easier it will be to engage the support of family and friends in bringing peace and meaning to the end of life. Communicating preferences about end of life treatment can save a family the difficulty of having to make decisions for their loved one without knowing their wishes.

Patients and their families can decide how to live the last days of a patient's life, but they must think and talk about these issues amongst themselves and with their health care providers ahead of time. The following forms allow patients to express their wishes regarding their health care if the patient is not able to communicate for themselves.

Oklahoma Advance Directive for Health Care

An Advance Directive for Health Care is used to communicate your health decisions if you become unable to express those wishes directly. The Oklahoma Advanced Directive form has three parts:

  • Living Will
  • Appointment of Health Care Proxy
  • Anatomical Gifts

The main section is the Living Will that allows an individual to make choices such as if they want or do not want to prolong the dying process with a Ventilator or Feed Tubes.

Do-Not-Resuscitate (D.N.R.) Order

A person may refuse CPR by consenting to a "Do-Not-Resuscitate" (DNR) Order. If you know that you would not want CPR attempted under any circumstances if your heart stopped or you stopped breathing, you can sign a DNR.

Durable Power of Attorney

A Durable Power of Attorney is a legal document that gives another person, called an "attorney-in-fact", the authority to make decisions and take actions on someone else's behalf if that person becomes unable to express their wishes or handle their own affairs. Depending on the type and how it is drafted, a Durable Power of Attorney can grant the authority to handle business, financial, medical and/or personal care matters.

Please remember that LifeLine Hospice has staff available to assist with making Health Care and End of Life Health Care Decisions. Please feel free to contact one of our Medical Social Workers at (405) 222-2051 for more information.