As of October 1, 2006, new Connecticut laws went into effect regarding Advance Directives. In Connecticut, there are two types of Advance Directives:
- The Living Will or Healthcare Instructions
- The Appointment of Healthcare Representative
Your Right to Make Your Own Health Care Decisions
You may review a copy of the State of Connecticut Attorney General's "Living Will—Your Rights to Make Healthcare Decisions" which includes the following forms:
- A Combined Advance Directive form includes all of the advance directives - appointment of healthcare representative, living will, appointment of conservator and organ donation into one form. In the combined form, there is a place where you can choose to not make or use each kind of directive by signing your initials.
- An Appointment of Healthcare Representative form if you wish to only appoint a healthcare representative.
- A Living Will or Healthcare Instructions if you wish to only make your wishes known but not appoint anyone to act on your behalf.
Each form includes the optional witness affidavit form.
Patients who present Living Wills or other advance directives, such as a Healthcare Agent or Power of Attorney for Healthcare, completed prior to October 1, 2006 are still valid.
On October 1, 2006, the Healthcare Representative replaced the Appointment of a Healthcare Agent and Power of Attorney for Healthcare. The Healthcare Representative is, in effect, a combination of these two types of advance directives. The new Living Will makes clear that the Living Will can be used to provide your instructions regarding any type of healthcare, not just life support systems.
For More Information
If you have questions please contact Karen Mulvihill, APRN, CARES Program Coordinator, Hospitalist Program, Danbury Hospital at 203-739-6662.