Translation Services are available to all CHISLHB patients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through Language Service Associates. All CHISLHB team members have access to the language translation service and can assist you. Sign language services are available through a remote video service. St. Luke's Health–Brazosport team members can easily access the video service for you by contacting a House Supervisor.
ADVANCE DIRECTIVES/LIVING WILLS
Advance directives are legal documents that allow you to express your decisions about end-of-life care ahead of time. The document allows you to convey your medical wishes to family, friends, and health care professionals without confusion later on. A living will, is a type of advance directive, and tells how you feel about care when you no longer can communicate your thoughts. It is your right to accept or refuse medical care.
Directive to Physicians
- A Directive to Physicians, also known as a "living will", allows you your physician not to use artificial methods to prolong the process of dying if you are terminally ill. A Directive does not become effective until you have been diagnosed with a terminal or irreversible condition.
- If you sign a Directive, talk it over with your physician and ask that it be made part of your medical record. If for some reason you become unable to sign a written Directive, you can issue a Directive verbally or by other means of non-written communication, in the presence of your physician.
- If you have not issued a Directive and become unable to communicate after being diagnosed with a terminal or irreversible condition, your attending physician and legal guardian, or certain family members in the absence of a legal guardian, may make decisions concerning withdrawing, withholding, or providing life-sustaining treatment. Your attending physician and another physician not involved in your care can also make decisions to withdraw or withhold life-sustaining treatment if you do not have a guardian and certain family members are not available.