An advance directive is a power of attorney for health care decisions. To be effective in Oregon, an advance directive must be drafted in a form required by statute, and it must be signed and witnessed or notarized. An advance directive can only be signed by a capable adult. It can be revoked at any time by a capable adult.
An advance directive gives someone else the authority to make health care decisions in the event a person is not able to make decisions themselves. These decisions can include the use of tube feeding and life support. The current form of Oregon Advance Directive allows a person to give explicit instructions regarding tube feeding and life support.
It is critical to understand the scope of an advance directive and complete it properly, but it is equally important to select appropriate people to act as a health care representative.