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  • The Vanderbilt Rehabilitation Center at Newport Hospital is required by law to inform you about your legal right to make decisions about your own medical care, including your right to decide whether to accept or refuse medical treatment. 

    We are also required to ask you if you have signed an advance directive, which is a written document that has been made before serious illness or trauma. An advance directive can be either a living will or a durable power of attorney for health care. These documents state wishes for health care should you become unable to make those decisions, and the state of Rhode Island recognizes both. 

    We explain the difference between the two documents in the following paragraphs and our comparison table.

    • A living will is a document through which you to tell your doctor to withhold or withdraw life-sustaining medical procedures if you develop a terminal condition and cannot communicate your wishes. Your instruction is followed if your doctor determines that you have a terminal condition and you are unable to make or state your treatment decisions when they must be made.
    • A durable power of attorney for health care is a document in which you name another person to make health care decisions if you become unable to make those decisions yourself. The person you name will have legal authority to make the medical treatment choices you would have made for yourself if you had been able to do so.

    If your medical condition changes while you're at the Vanderbilt Rehabilitation Center, we may transfer you to an acute care hospital where you will be given an appropriate level of care for your condition.

    If you would like more information regarding advance directives, please speak with your case manager.

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