Updated for 2016: This form contains the exact language required under ORS 127.531 for a valid advance directive. Any resident of the state of Oregon who wishes to execute an advance directive must use this form, which is set forth and mandated under law within the state. Please give careful consideration to the following critical requirements when completing this form:

(1) Alterations Are Not Permitted: Because the gravity of the issues at stake when expressing end-of-life decisions, the state of Oregon provides a narrow pathway to which residents of the state must adhere. State law requires specific verbiage when making an advance directive declaration. To that end, one must not modify whatsoever the language of this form, as doing so will invalidate the form. The declarant may add to this form only in the provided areas.

(2) Health Care Representative (Agent) Requirements: With few exceptions, Oregon law prohibits the declarant from designating one's doctor (or his or her employee). Also, Oregon forbids from serving as health care representative anyone who is an owner, operator, or employee of a health care facility in which the declarant is a resident or patient. However, if the designated representative is related to the declarant by blood, marriage, or adoption, or if he or she was appointed by the declarant in writing prior to his or her admission into the facility, the person may serve as the health care representative.

(3) Two Witnesses Required: Two witnesses are required, each of whom must be at least 18 years of age or older. Both witnesses must personally know the declarant, must physically observe him or her sign the advance directive, and must appear to be of sound mind and not under duress, fraud or undue influence. The witnesses are prohibited from serving as the declarant's health care representative or as the alternate. The witnesses may not be the attending physician of the declarant.

(4) Additional Qualification Requirements for at Least One Witness: At least one of the witnesses must meet three (3) supplementary criteria: (a) That witness may not be related to the declarant by blood, marriage, or adoption. (b) Also, that particular witness may not be entitled to any portion of the declarant's estate upon his or her death. (c) That witness may not own, operate or work at a health care facility in which the declarant resides or is a patient.

(5) Notarization Requirements: None. Oregon law does not require notarization of this document. State law requires only that the advance directive is witnessed by two individuals who meet the requirements set forth above.


OREGON ADVANCE DIRECTIVE

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO FILL OUT AND SIGN THIS FORM

PART A: IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THIS ADVANCE DIRECTIVE

This is an important legal document. It can control critical decisions about your health care. Before signing, consider these important facts:

Facts About Part B
(Appointing a Health Care Representative)

You have the right to name a person to direct your health care when you cannot do so. This person is called your "health care representative." You can do this by using Part B of this form. Your representative must accept on Part E of this form.

You can write in this document any restrictions you want on how your representative will make decisions for you. Your representative must follow your desires as stated in this document or otherwise made known. If your desires are unknown, your representative must try to act in your best interest. Your representative can resign at any time.

Facts About Part C
(Giving Health Care Instructions)

You also have the right to give instructions for health care providers to follow if you become unable to direct your care. You can do this by using Part C of this form.

Facts About Completing This Form

This form is valid only if you sign it voluntarily and when you are of sound mind. If you do not want an advance directive, you do not have to sign this form.

Unless you have limited the duration of this advance directive, it will not expire. If you have set an expiration date, and you become unable to direct your health care before that date, this advance directive will not expire until you are able to make those decisions again.

You may revoke this document at any time. To do so, notify your representative and your health care provider of the revocation.

Despite this document, you have the right to decide your own health care as long as you are able to do so.

If there is anything in this document that you do not understand, ask a lawyer to explain it to you.

You may sign PART B, PART C, or both parts. You may cross out words that don't express your wishes or add words that better express your wishes. Witnesses must sign PART D.

Print your NAME, BIRTHDATE AND ADDRESS here:

_____________________________________
(Name)


_________________
(Birthdate)

_____________________________________

_____________________________________
(Address)

Unless revoked or suspended, this advance directive will continue for:

INITIAL ONE:

______ My entire life

______ Other period (_____Years)

PART B: APPOINTMENT OF HEALTH CARE REPRESENTATIVE

I appoint _____________________________________ as my health care representative. My representative's address is _____________________________________ and telephone number is _____________________________________.

I appoint _____________________________________ as my alternate health care representative. My alternate's address is _____________________________________ and telephone number is _____________________________________.

I authorize my representative (or alternate) to direct my health care when I can't do so.

NOTE: You may not appoint your doctor, an employee of your doctor, or an owner, operator or employee of your health care facility, unless that person is related to you by blood, marriage or adoption or that person was appointed before your admission into the health care facility.

1. Limits. Special Conditions or Instructions:

________________________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________________________

INITIAL IF THIS APPLIES:

______ I have executed a Health Care Instruction or Directive to Physicians. My representative is to honor it.

2. Life Support.

"Life support" refers to any medical means for maintaining life, including procedures, devices and medications. If you refuse life support, you will still get routine measures to keep you clean and comfortable.

INITIAL IF THIS APPLIES:

______ My representative MAY decide about life support for me. (If you don't initial this space, then your representative MAY NOT decide about life support.)

3. Tube Feeding.

One sort of life support is food and water supplied artificially by medical device, known as tube feeding.

INITIAL IF THIS APPLIES:

______ My representative MAY decide about tube feeding for me. (If you don't initial this space, then your representative MAY NOT decide about tube feeding.)

____________
(Date)

SIGN HERE TO APPOINT A HEALTH CARE REPRESENTATIVE

_____________________________________
(Signature of person making appointment)

PART C: HEALTH CARE INSTRUCTIONS

NOTE: In filling out these instructions, keep the following in mind:

  1. The term "as my physician recommends" means that you want your physician to try life support if your physician believes it could be helpful and then discontinue it if it is not helping your health condition or symptoms.
  2. "Life support" and "tube feeding" are defined in Part B above.
  3. If you refuse tube feeding, you should understand that malnutrition, dehydration and death will probably result.
  4. You will get care for your comfort and cleanliness, no matter what choices you make.
  5. You may either give specific instructions by filling out Items 1 to 4 below, or you may use the general instruction provided by Item 5.

Here are my desires about my health care if my doctor and another knowledgeable doctor confirm that I am in a medical condition described below:

1. Close to Death. If I am close to death and life support would only postpone the moment of my death:

A. INITIAL ONE:

______ I want to receive tube feeding.

______ I want tube feeding only as my physician recommends.

______ I DO NOT WANT tube feeding.

B. INITIAL ONE:

______ I want any other life support that may apply.

______ I want life support only as my physician recommends.

______ I want NO life support.

2. Permanently Unconscious. If I am unconscious and it is very unlikely that I will ever become conscious again:

A. INITIAL ONE:

______ I want to receive tube feeding.

______ I want tube feeding only as my physician recommends.

______ I DO NOT WANT tube feeding.

B. INITIAL ONE:

______ I want any other life support that may apply.

______ I want life support only as my physician recommends.

______ I want NO life support.

3. Advanced Progressive Illness. If I have a progressive illness that will be fatal and is in an advanced stage, and I am consistently and permanently unable to communicate by any means, swallow food and water safely, care for myself and recognize my family and other people, and it is very unlikely that my condition will substantially improve:

A. INITIAL ONE:

______ I want to receive tube feeding.

______ I want tube feeding only as my physician recommends.

______ I DO NOT WANT tube feeding.

B. INITIAL ONE:

______ I want any other life support that may apply.

______ I want life support only as my physician recommends.

______ I want NO life support.

4. Extraordinary Suffering. If life support would not help my medical condition and would make me suffer permanent and severe pain:

A. INITIAL ONE:

______ I want to receive tube feeding.

______ I want tube feeding only as my physician recommends.

______ I DO NOT WANT tube feeding.

B. INITIAL ONE:

______ I want any other life support that may apply.

______ I want life support only as my physician recommends.

______ I want NO life support.

5. General Instruction.

INITIAL IF THIS APPLIES:

______ I do not want my life to be prolonged by life support. I also do not want tube feeding as life support. I want my doctors to allow me to die naturally if my doctor and another knowledgeable doctor confirm I am in any of the medical conditions listed in Items 1 to 4 above.

6. Additional Conditions or Instructions.

________________________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________________________
(Insert description of what you want done.)

7. Other Documents. A "health care power of attorney" is any document you may have signed to appoint a representative to make health care decisions for you.

INITIAL ONE:

______ I have previously signed a health care power of attorney. I want it to remain in effect unless I appointed a health care representative after signing the health care power of attorney.

______ I have a health care power of attorney, and I REVOKE IT.

______ I DO NOT have a health care power of attorney.

_______________
(Date)

SIGN HERE TO GIVE INSTRUCTIONS


_____________________________________
(Signature)

________________________________________________________________________


PART D: DECLARATION OF WITNESSES

We declare that the person signing this advance directive: 

(a) Is personally known to us or has provided proof of identity;

(b) Signed or acknowledged that person's signature on this advance directive in our presence;

(c) Appears to be of sound mind and not under duress, fraud or undue influence;

(d) Has not appointed either of us as health care representative or alternative representative; and

(e) Is not a patient for whom either of us is attending physician.

Witnessed By:

_____________________________________
(Signature of Witness/Date)

_____________________________________
(Printed Name of Witness)


_____________________________________
(Signature of Witness/Date)


_____________________________________
(Printed Name of Witness)

NOTE: One witness must not be a relative (by blood, marriage or adoption) of the person signing this advance directive. That witness must also not be entitled to any portion of the person's estate upon death. That witness must also not own, operate or be employed at a health care facility where the person is a patient or resident.

________________________________________________________________________


PART E: ACCEPTANCE BY HEALTH CARE REPRESENTATIVE

I accept this appointment and agree to serve as health care representative. I understand I must act consistently with the desires of the person I represent, as expressed in this advance directive or otherwise made known to me. If I do not know the desires of the person I represent, I have a duty to act in what I believe in good faith to be that person's best interest. I understand that this document allows me to decide about that person's health care only while that person cannot do so. I understand that the person who appointed me may revoke this appointment. If I learn that this document has been suspended or revoked, I will inform the person's current health care provider if known to me.

_____________________________________
(Signature of Health Care Representative/Date)


_____________________________________
(Printed name)


_____________________________________
(Signature of Alternate Health Care Representative/Date)


_____________________________________
(Printed name)

________________________________________________________________________