What is an Advance Directive?
Advance Directives are legal documents that allow you to decide what type of medical care you want if you ever become unable to speak for yourself.
Why do I need an Advance Directive?
Advance Directives allow those speaking for you to understand what medical care you want. This makes decisions easier for your loved ones and for the people caring for you. We've had instances at Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center that would have been much easier for all involved had patients created an Advanced Directive.
How do I get an Advance Directive?
Advance Directives vary by state.
New Hampshire Advance Directive documents can be found at:
Vermont Advance Directive documents can be found at:
You can also contact Betsy Burghardt at (802) 674-7144.
What should I do with my Advance Directive once I have it?
Keep the original. Be sure your agents have copies, as well as those who care about you. Your health care provider needs a copy. We can’t honor your health care wishes unless we know what they are. Please be sure there is a copy in your health record.
Prefer personalized assistance to complete your Advance Directive?
We can help you understand and complete your Advance Directives. Volunteers have been specifically trained to show you the forms and help you complete them. They can help you think through the issues and values that are important for you to talk about with your loved ones so that your wishes are understood and honored.
Make an appointment at Thompson Senior Center every Monday from 1:00-3:00 PM by calling (802) 457-3277 or at Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center the second and fourth Wednesday of the month by calling (802) 674-7483.
Advance Directives are a gift you give yourself, your loved ones, and your health care team, and the service is FREE. Call to make an appointment today!