Understanding Advance Directives
In South Carolina, if you are 18 years of age, you have the right to make your own health care decisions. This right includes the ability to decide what medical care or treatment to accept, reject or discontinue. The best way to make your wishes known is to discuss them with your family and your healthcare provider and execute an Advance Directive. South Carolina law recognizes the following Advance Directives:
- Living Will
- Health Care Power of Attorney
- Five Wishes®
If you have questions about signing Advance Directives, talk with your doctor, minister, priest, rabbi, chaplain or other health or religious professional. Conway Medical Center case managers, palliative care doctors and nurses and chaplains are available to help you with these healthcare decisions.
Declaration of a Desire for a Natural Death (South Carolina Living Will)
Five Wishes® A copyrighted advance directive form that helps you to document your choices for medical care or treatment, as well as, personal, emotional and spiritual needs and wishes. In 2005, this Advance Directive met the legal requirement in the state of South Carolina. Hard copies are available at CMC at no cost when you call 843-347-8155 or from Five Wishes: www.agingwithdignity.org or call 1-888-594-7437.