Living Will


A Living Will is a document that allows you to state in advance what types of medical treatment you do or do not desire in case you develop a terminal illness. Typically, a Living Will directs medical personnel not to use death-delaying procedures if you develop an incurable and irreversible condition. In appropriate circumstances, death-delaying procedures might include assisted ventilation, artificial kidney treatments, intravenous feeding or medication, blood transfusions, tube feeding and other procedures that serve only to delay death.

Decatur Area Center for Living Wills at Decatur Memorial Hospital

This information is not intended to replace or serve as legal advice. You are encouraged to consult your attorney regarding any specific questions on Power of Attorney for Health Care or Living Wills. Forms for both these documents are available at the Decatur Area Center for Living Wills at DMH. You may deposit your completed Power of Attorney for Health Care or Living Will document here. By securing your documents at the Center, any health care provider will have 24 hours a day, 365 days a year access to them in the event they are needed. If you choose to sign an information release, your documents can be sent to any other health care institution in an emergency situation, if requested. For more information about the center or Living Wills and Power of Attorney for Health Care, call DMH at 217-876-4310, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., or, email your request to us through our web site.

DMH Living Will and Power of Attorney Form