Updated on August 31st, 2022
An Oregon advance directive is a medical document that appoints an agent to make decisions for a patient and informs health care providers of the patient’s life-sustaining treatment preferences after they lose their capacity to communicate. The agent will be responsible for making critical decisions for the patient (referred to as the “principal”) such as consenting to artificial nutrition and hydration and other life support measures.
A health care representative should be a trusted individual who has an intimate knowledge of the principal’s beliefs and values with regard to health care. While the agent is tasked with communicating with health care providers, an advance directive outlines the principal’s health care decisions and treatment preferences before they become incapacitated so the agent has an idea of their wishes and values.
Agent’s Duties – § 127.535
Laws – Vol. 3, Chapter 127, §§ 127.505 – 127.660 (Advance Directives for Health Care)
Signing Requirements (§ 127.515(2)) – Two (2) Witnesses or Notary Public
Statutory Form – § 127.527
Statute – § 127.505(2)
(a) “Advance directive” means a document executed by a principal that contains:
(A)A form appointing a health care representative; and
(B)Instructions to the health care representative.
(b) “Advance directive” includes any supplementary document or writing attached by the principal to the document described in paragraph (a) of this subsection.