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Encouraging the Use of Advance Directives in Post‐Acute Care

Residents have the right to make decisions about their care. They have this right under the U.S. Constitution. They keep this right even when they are no longer able to communicate their decisions. An advance directive is a legal document that helps protect this right. 

This course will help you:

  • Protect resident rights related to advance directives
  • Embrace individualized care planning/person‐center care
  • Remain compliant with state and federal regulations on advance directives

You will learn about:

  • Types of advance directives
  • When and how advance directives take effect
  • Your role in making sure that advance directives work

Courseware Learning Objectives

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • List key features of advance directives that help to ensure a resident's care decisions are known.
  • Identify two types of advance directives that help to ensure a resident's care decisions are known.
  • Distinguish between advance directives and advance orders that can be used to ensure a resident's care decisions are known.
  • Identify the nurse’s role in encouraging the use of advance directives to improve resident care.