South Carolina Advance Directive Form (Medical POA + Living Will)

A South Carolina advance directive is a written set of instructions that allow an individual to express how they wish to receive medical care when life-sustaining treatment is required, which includes the acceptance or refusal of resuscitation. Moreover, a healthcare agent may be appointed who can make medical decisions for the individual while they are unable to communicate their care directions to providers.

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What’s Included?

Laws

Signing Requirements (§ 62-5-503, § 62-5-504, § 44-77-40) – Two (2) witnesses.

 State Definitions

  • Advance Directive (SC Code § 44-80-10(2)) – “Advance directive” means a written statement such as a health care power of attorney executed in accordance with Section 62-5-504, in which an individual expresses certain wishes relating to life-sustaining treatment, including resuscitative services.
  • Health Care Power of Attorney (SC Code § 62-5-501(4)) – “Health care power of attorney” means a durable power of attorney executed in accordance with this part.
  • Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment (POST) Form (SC Code § 44-80-10(11)) – “Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment (POST) form” means a designated document designed for use as part of advance care planning, the use of which must be limited to situations where the patient has been diagnosed with a serious illness or, based upon medical diagnosis, may be expected to lose capacity within twelve months and consists of a set of medical orders signed by a patient’s physician addressing key medical decisions consistent with patient goals of care concerning treatment at the end of life that is portable and valid across health care settings.

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