A legal document, also referred to as a medical directive, that documents an individual's preferences regarding the manner in which they would like to receive health care, in the event they can no longer communicate such wishes directly. Living Wills, Health Care Powers of Attorney and Health Care Proxy are examples.
More Common Terms
- Palliative Care Pain management services to provide comfort to those with life-threatening illness.
- Dialysis Equipment used to clean individual's blood when one or both kidneys are defective or absent, and to remove excess accumulation of drugs or chemicals in the blood.
- Adaptive/Assistive Equipment An appliance or device which assists an individual in caring for themselves or performing work or leisure activities.