THE PATIENT SELF-DETERMINATION ACT
"All adults receiving health care have certain rights. For example, you have the right to confindentiality of your personal and medical records and to know about and consent to the services and treatment you may receive. Because these are important matters, you may want to talk to family, close friends, clergy, your attorney or your doctor before deciding if you want and advance directive. When you enter an long term care facility (adult family home) or receive services, such as personal care services, you may face some tuff, very important decisions. Other people may give you advice, but remember the decision is yours. No matter where you live, you still have the right to control your health care. No one - a doctor, nurse, or family member- can force you to accept treatment, services, or medicines, except in limited circumstances".
During an evalutaion at Macadam Court, we will discuss contacts for medical, personal and legal counsel. If you would like more information regarding the Patient Self-Determination Act, Informed Consent, Living Will and/ or Advanced Directives, please contact our Administrator, The State Long-Term Care Ombudsman (1-800-562-6028) or The Washington Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service (1-800-759-4357) to answer any questions.
Resource:" Your Legal Right To Make Decisions About Health Care and Advance Directives in Washington State, 1999"