As specialists providing services in an ambulatory setting, it is our policy to address and educate the patients or their representative about making an informed decision regarding their care. Advanced directives are the decisions that you would make for someone to speak for you in the case you became incapacitated. Incapacitated means, you may be injured or have a physical change that you are now unable to make or speak your decisions regarding, how you want to be cared for in that situation. These decisions should be made with a significant other, family member, or other responsible person.
It is the policy of the President / Medical Director and staff to acknowledge advanced directives presented by the patient, HOWEVER, should an untoward event happen to a patient while in our center, it is also the policy to stabilize that patient and transport him / her to the hospital of their choice with a copy of the advanced directive (if made available).
There are two forms of which one is a living will and the second a health care proxy. A living will expresses your medical wishes to be carried out. This document is NOT legally binding in the State of Massachusetts. A health care proxy is legally binding in the State of Massachusetts. These forms are available through www.massmed.org, www.mass.gov, www.hospicefed.org, or through our receptionist.