Living Wills / Health Care Power of Attorney

Living Wills and Health Care Power of Attorneys packets are available at Onslow County Senior Services.  A packet can be picked up at anytime during business hours or can be mailed to you.  

 Contact Lisa Smart at 910-989-3022 or Kelly Horne 910-989-3015 for more information.


Frequently Asked Questions


Who needs a Living Will and/or Healthcare Power of Attorney?

Anyone over the age of 18 should consider having an advance directive, regardless of health. 


When is an advance directive (Living Will/ Healthcare Power of Attorney) used?

An advance directive is only used if you are unable to make or communicate your own decisions. The directive guides the decision making of the medical staff regarding care. 


What is a Living Will?

A living will is a legal document in which you state your preferences regarding life prolonging medical treatments in specific situations if you are unable to communicate for yourself.


What is a Healthcare Power of Attorney?

A health care power of attorney is a legal document in which you name another person (health care agent) to make health care decisions for you when you are not able to make those decisions yourself. This is not the same as Power of Attorney.

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