Oregon Advance Directive Form
An Oregon advance directive is a form that gives an agent the legal ability to manage their health care if the principal is mentally incompetent due to illness or injury. The agent represents the wishes of the principal by communicating them to the desired physician or medical facility. They must closely follow the instructions provided by the principal or use their best judgment if the specific situation is not listed. Life support, tube feeding, and other advanced progressive illness are often covered in the form.
The agent may be responsible for choosing the following for the principal if they become incapacitated:
- Medical treatment;
- Care facility (e.g., hospital, clinic, hospice, home health care, etc.);
- Doctors and other providers who handle medical care;
- Living situation (e.g., nursing home, assisted living communities, etc.); and/or
This type of form is durable, which means that it continues to give the agent authority even if the principal passes away. For this reason, the principal can use the form to state their after-life wishes. Two (2) common matters to include are: 1) organ donation and 2) body disposal (i.e., burial, cremation, medical research, etc.). The principal can also include their preferred funeral arrangements.
State laws: Vol. 3, Chapter 127, § 127.505 – 127.660
Signing requirements (§ 127.515(2)): Signed by principal and agent in presence of two (2) witnesses OR notarized.
Additional considerations: The advance directive must appoint an agent, provide health-care instructions, and include any required additional documents. An example of a supplemental form includes a do-not-resuscitate (DNR) signed by a licensed physician (§ 127.505(2)(a)).