An important part of patient safety is ensuring you are aware of your options and opportunities for care.
Beaumont believes it is essential you know your rights, especially in the event you are unable to speak for yourself and make your wishes known. If you are unable to make your own health care decisions an advance directive will insure that your desires for treatment are followed.
There are two types of advance directive, both written documents:
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Consider the type of treatment you would want for various conditions...if you have specific questions regarding treatment options, ask your physician or other health care providers.
Beaumont must have your advance directive on file in order to rely on it.
Give a copy to your patient advocate, successor advocate, family members, clergyman, physicians and hospitals where you intend to receive care.
Keep the original with your other legal documents.
Beaumont will maintain a copy of your advance directive with your medical record. Bring a copy with you whenever you are admitted to the hospital.
While at Beaumont, ask your nurse, attending physician or another staff member to have one of our social workers visit you, or contact Social Work at 248-551-3160.
Advance Directive Resources
American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)
Partnership for Caring, a non-profit educational organization
Michigan State Medical Society, Patient Advocates
Record Your Health Care Decisions for the Future
View our brochure to help understand your right under Michigan law to make health care decisions and learn how, under Beaumont Hospital's policies and procedures, to continue exercising this right if you become unable to participate in treatment decisions.