An advance directive is a written statement, which you complete in advance of a serious illness, describing how you want medical decisions made. An advance directive allows you to state your choices for health care, or to name someone to make those choices for you, if you become unable to make decisions for yourself. An advance directive can enable you to make decisions about your future medical treatment. You can say “yes” to treatment you want, or “no” to treatment you don’t want.
Types of Advance Directives
A Living Will or Declaration states the kind of medical care you want or do not want if you become unable to make your own decisions. It is called a “living will” because it takes effect while you are still living.
A Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care is a signed, dated and witnessed paper naming another person, as your “agent” or “proxy” to make medical decisions for you if you are unable to for yourself. You may include instructions about the medical treatments you want or do not want.
A Psychiatric Advance Directive is a new legal instrument used to document a competent persons specific instructions regarding future mental health treatment, in case the person loses capacity to state what they want or do not want during an acute episode of psychiatric illness.
The following list of resources are available to the public with further information about advance directives:
Nevada Living Will Box
The Living Will Lockbox
c/o Nevada Secretary of State
555 E. Washington Avenue Suite 5200
Las Vegas, NV 89101