Rhode Island Advance Directive Form
A Rhode Island advance directive combines a medical power of attorney and a living will into one (1) document so that an agent is clear on how to fulfill a principal’s health-related wishes. The medical power of attorney grants the agent permission to make decisions on behalf of the principal, whereas the living will contains life-sustaining treatment preferences. The agreement is only used for planning purposes and goes into effect if the principal suffers a medical event that renders them incapacitated (or unable to communicate effectively).
The appointed agent must be at least eighteen (18) years of age and a Rhode Island resident. By signing, they agree to make health care decisions for the principal if they cannot do so for themselves. The appointed agent cannot be a health or primary care provider or employee of the health care provider unless they are a relative. They also cannot be an assisted living facility operator or nonrelative employee.