Can Life Support Treatments, Even Tube Feedings, Be Withheld Or Withdrawn Even If The Patient Does Not Have A Living Will/Advance Directive?

Yes, the patient may almost always refuse treatment for himself or herself. In addition, Arkansas law specifies who may make decisions for incompetent persons in the absence of an Advance Directive. However, nursing homes usually require tube feedings unless the person has an Advance Directive.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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