Choose someone to act on your behalf in case you can’t
We encourage you to make decisions about your own medical care for as long as you can. Should you become unable to make such decisions due to sedation or severe illness, a representative can act on your behalf.
We encourage you to name someone to make decisions for you by signing an Advance Directive or a Washington Health Care Directive. For Washington residents, a Durable Powers of Attorney for Health Care form should be completed as well. You may get these from staff at the hospital admitting desk near the front lobby.
If you are in a marriage that is legally recognized in Oregon, your spouse automatically has the right to make medical decisions for you if you are unable. If you are in a marriage done in Washington, you need to complete a Durable Powers of Attorney for Health Care form in order for your spouse to make medical decisions on your behalf. If you are in a marriage or relationship not legally recognized in Oregon, or if you want someone other than your legal spouse to make medical decisions for you, please let hospital staff know so we can honor your wishes.