Advance Directives and Living Wills

We are usually reluctant to talk about our medical wishes until we're faced with serious illness, injury or the need to make end-of-life decisions. Too often this results in family conflict, fear or confusion at a time when we are most vulnerable.

Advanced DirectivesTo make these decisions:

  1. Think about what is important to you.
  2. Share your thoughts with your family and physician.
  3. Name the person you trust to be your durable power of attorney. To do this, simply complete a Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare document and then have it notarized. Blank documents are available at Skagit Regional Health facilities through nurses, case managers and social workers. Notary services are also available on site.

At Skagit Regional Health, additional resources are available for patients, families and staff to encourage meaningful discussion about receiving care and naming a medical power of attorney.

Additional resources are available through the American Hospital Association or