Living Wills & Advance Directives

Adults who are capable of making health care decisions have the right to accept or refuse medical treatment. Patients admitted to the hospital receive Information designed to help them understand choices in advance of treatment. You may wish to discuss these matters with your family, close friends, clergy, doctors and attorneys before deciding your preference.

For more information on Advance Directives and your right to make health care decisions, we recommend the resources listed below.

Your state's Advance Directives

Helpful Links

From our Health Library

Aging with Dignity

Aging with Dignity, a non-profit organization, offers "Five Wishes," an easy-to-use legal document that lets adults of all ages plan how they want to be cared for in case they become seriously ill. The cost is $5. Learn more at Aging with Dignity.

"Five Wishes” is a tool for discussion and should not be used as an advance directive that can be given to the physician or hospital. 

Ethical Concerns

During the course of your medical care, if you have questions about situations that may arise from treatments, procedures and/or other concerns about your care, discuss these questions with your physician and/or caregiver.

If your situation is not resolved or if you need additional information, contact:

  • Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital compliance officer at (712) 396-6084
  • Methodist Hospital Administration (402) 354-4441
  • Methodist Women's Hospital Administration (402) 815-1122