Taking Charge of Your Health Care: Maine Law and Health Care Advance Directives
When you need medical care, you have the right to make choices about that care. But there may come a time when you are so sick that you can't make your choices known. You can stay in charge by putting your choices in writing. This is called an Advance Directive, or Living Will. If you'd like to download and print a copy of the Maine Advance Directive form, please click here.
What is an Advance Directive?Under Maine Law, any spoken or written decision or instruction about the health care you want in the future is called an Advance Directive. You can tell your family your wishes, but it is best to put it in writing. Advance Directives are also sometimes called a living will or durable health care power of attorney. If you have already signed one, be sure your doctor, your hospital and your family have copies.
Who can complete an Advance Directive?
Anyone living in Maine who is 18 years of age or older can complete an advance directive. If you are younger than 18, you may be able to complete an advance directive under other, limited circumstances.