Advance Directives For Hospice Care

It’s important for you to understand patient’s rights at La Mariposa Hospice, and learn how advanced directive documents, like the ones outlined below, can become an important part of ongoing care.

Advance directive documents can help families and physicians determine the next stage of treatment when a patient is incapable of making a decision. 

Documents include: 

A LIVING WILL 

Living wills are legal documents describing the kind of medical treatments or life-sustaining treatments you choose in the event of being seriously or terminally ill.  It does not give someone else the power to make decisions for you.* 

A DURABLE POWER OF ATTORNEY 

A DPA grants a person you trust the power to make healthcare decisions on your behalf in the event you are medically incapacitated and are unable to make those decisions on your own.* 

A DO NOT RESUSCITATE ORDER (DNR) 

La Mariposa Hospice staff will always help patients in the event their heart stops or if they stop breathing, unless given instructions not to do so.  A DNR is a request not to CPR in the event your heart stops or you stop breathing.  DNR orders may be made for your doctor for inclusion in your medical chart and are accepted by doctors and hospitals in all states.

*Living wills and DPA’s are legal in Texas but may not be in other states.  However, these documents may still help guide treatment by your doctor or loved ones. 

Additional Resources 

Texas Department of Aging and Disability

Texas Department of Aging and Disability PDF

Texas Department of Aging and Disability News 

Caring info 

AARP

AARP Story - Financial Planning: the Next Great Career for You 

For more information regarding advance directives, please ask for one of our hospice specialists at 915-577-8467 (THOP).