Baptist Patient Forms You Need
Getting Your Medical Paperwork in Order
An advanced medical directive is a legal document that lets your health care providers and family know how you want to be cared for in a case where you can’t make decisions about your care. You should discuss your wishes with your physician and family members in advance so they can clearly understand your decisions and what type of treatment you do or do not want.
Several legal documents qualify as medical directives:
- Living will
- Durable power of attorney for health care
- Advance care plan
- Appointment of a health care agent
If you already have a durable power of attorney for health care or a living will, please bring a copy of it with you to the hospital. If you don't already have these documents, you can download and complete an advance directive by clicking on the links below. Be sure to:
- Choose a form that matches the state in which you live
- Make sure you sign the form(s)
- Two witnesses must sign in your presence or you must have the document notarized.
The state forms, designed by the respective states, allow you to complete this form without an attorney. State statutes do differ, so it’s important you choose the state form that applies to your current living situation. Note, if you live in Arkansas, you must fill out both forms.
An at-home medical file is a convenient, efficient way of keeping documents together that you may need if hospitalized. A file includes:
- A completed, signed and notarized (or witnessed) living will and durable power of attorney for health care decision making form
- A list of your current medications, including any over-the-counter drugs, herbal medicines and alternative products (include the dose, frequency and reason for taking each)
- A list of all your allergies, including food, environmental and medication allergies
- A list of your physicians and their phone numbers
- A list of all pharmacies you use and their phone numbers
Ask a trusted family member or friend to be your advocate. Your advocate can assist you during stressful moments, stay with you in the hospital, keep track of information and help ensure your wishes are respected.