Your Healthcare Directive contains two parts:
A Living Will in Pennsylvania states what medical care you do and do not want to keep you alive if you are in an end-state medical condition or in a state of permanent unconsciousness. It does not apply to any other situations. This is different from your Health Care Power of Attorney, which applies whenever you are unable to understand, make or communicate a health care decision.
Special Rules for Pregnancy
If you are woman and are diagnosed as being pregnant at the time of a health care decision would otherwise be made pursuant to this form, special rules apply. We encourage you to meet with an experienced attorney to discuss these implications.
What is a Power of Attorney?
A Power of Attorney is a legal document that gives the person you choose the legal authority to conduct affairs on your behalf. In the event you become incapacitated or can no longer rely on your own judgment, your "Agent" will be able to act in your stead.