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Kentucky Living Will Directive
My wishes regarding life-prolonging treatment and artificially provided nutrition and hydration to be provided to me if I no longer have decisional capacity, have a terminal condition, or become permanently unconscious have been indicated by checking and initialing the appropriate lines below. By checking and initialing the appropriate lines, I specifically:
________ Designate _____________________ as my health care surrogate(s) to make health care decisions for me in accordance with this directive when I no longer have decisional capacity. If _____________________ refuses or is not able to act for me, I designate _______________________ as my health care surrogate(s).
Any prior designation is revoked.
If I do not designate a surrogate, the following are my directions to my attending physician. If I have designated a surrogate, my surrogate shall comply with my wishes as indicated below:
________ Direct that treatment be withheld or withdrawn, and that I be permitted to die naturally with only the administration of medication or the performance of any medical treatment deemed necessary to alleviate pain.
________ DO NOT authorize that life-prolonging treatment be withheld or withdrawn.
________ Authorize the withholding or withdrawal of artificially provided food, water, or other artificially provided nourishment or fluids.
________ DO NOT authorize the withholding or withdrawal of artificially provided food, water, or other artificially provided nourishment or fluids.
________ Authorize my surrogate, designated above, to withhold or withdraw artificially provided nourishment or fluids, or other treatment if the surrogate determines that withholding or withdrawing is in my best interest; but I do not mandate that withholding or withdrawing.
________ Authorize the giving of all or any part of my body upon death for any purpose specified in KRS 311.185.
________ DO NOT authorize the giving of all or any part of my body upon death.
In the absence of my ability to give directions regarding the use of life-prolonging treatment and artificially provided nutrition and hydration, it is my intention that this directive shall be honored by my attending physician, my family, and any surrogate designated pursuant to this directive as the final expression of my legal right to refuse medical or surgical treatment and I accept the consequences of the refusal.
If I have been diagnosed as pregnant and that diagnosis is known to my attending physician, this directive shall have no force or effect during the course of my pregnancy.
I understand the full import of this directive and I am emotionally and mentally competent to make this directive.
Signed this ______ day of ____________, 20____
Signature and address of the grantor.
In our joint presence, the grantor, who is of sound mind and eighteen (18) years of age, or older, voluntarily dated and signed this writing or directed it to be dated and signed for the grantor.
Signature and address of witness.
Signature and address of witness.
STATE OF KENTUCKY )
______________ County )
Before me, the undersigned authority, came the grantor who is of sound mind and eighteen (18) years of age, or older, and acknowledged that he voluntarily dated and signed this writing or directed it to be signed and dated as above.
Done this ________ day of ___________, 20_____
Signature of Notary Public or other officer.
Date commission expires: _________________
Execution of this document restricts withholding and withdrawing of some medical procedures. Consult Kentucky Revised Statutes or your attorney.
None of the following shall be a witness to or serve as a notary public or other person authorized to administer oaths in regard to any advance directive made under this section:
(a) A blood relative of the grantor;
(b) A beneficiary of the grantor under descent and distribution statutes of the Commonwealth;
(c) An employee of a health care facility in which the grantor is a patient, unless the employee serves as a notary public;
(d) An attending physician of the grantor; or
(e) Any person directly financially responsible for the grantor's health care.
A person designated as a surrogate pursuant to an advance directive may resign at any
time by giving written notice to the grantor; to the immediate successor surrogate, if any;
to the attending physician; and to any health care facility which is then waiting for the
surrogate to make a health care decision.
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