Introduction to Your Kansas Advance Directive
This packet contains a legal document that protects your right to refuse medical treatment you do not want, or to request treatment you do want, in the event you lose the ability to make decisions yourself. You may complete Part One, Part Two, or both, depending on your advance planning needs.
Part One. The Kansas Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care Decisions lets you name someone to make decisions about your health care — including decisions about life- sustaining procedures — if you can no longer speak for yourself. The Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care Decisions is especially useful because it appoints someone to speak for you any time you are unable to make your own health care decisions, not only at the end of life. The person you choose is called your “agent.”
Your agent may also make decisions about organ donation and the final disposition of your remains.
Your Kansas Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care Decisions goes into effect when your doctor determines that you are no longer able to make or communicate your health care decisions.
Part Two. The Kansas Declaration is your state’s living will. It lets you state your wish to have life-sustaining procedures withheld or withdrawn in the event that you develop a terminal condition and can no longer make your own health care decisions. If this is not your wish, you should not fill out Part Two.
Your Kansas Declaration goes into effect when your doctor determines that you have a terminal condition and can no longer make your own health care decisions.
Part Three contains the signature and witness provisions so that your document will be effective.
Following the advance directive form is a Kansas Organ Donation Form. This is especially helpful to communicate your organ donation wishes if you have not appointed an agent to communicate your wishes for you in Part One of the Kansas Advance Directive.
This form does not expressly address mental illness. If you would like to make advance care plans involving mental illness, you should talk to your physician and an attorney about a durable power of attorney tailored to your needs.
Note: These documents will be legally binding only if the person completing them is a competent adult (at least 18 years old).