Living Wills and Health Care Power of Attorney

If you are 19 or older and mentally competent, you have the right to make decisions about your medical treatment. If you want to control decisions about your health care, even if you are unable to make or express them yourself, you will need an Advance Directive. An Advance Directive is a set of instructions you give about the health care you want, in the event you lose the ability to make decisions for yourself. You can obtain these forms from Admitting. If you have questions regarding Living Wills, please contact Pastoral Care or Social Services.


There may be a time when you are called on to make a decision about health care for yourself or for a loved one. This can often be a confusing, frightening, or painful task. Increased understanding among patients, families and health care providers may lessen your fears and help relieve the burden that such difficult decision-making may cause. Shelby Baptist has an Ethics Committee to help you in such circumstances. The Ethics Committee is a group of people who are prepared to listen and respond to you. They can help get all the facts you need to make a decision. To find out more about the Ethics Committee please contact Pastoral Care or Social Services.


The hospital has access to interpreters for a number of foreign languages should a patient require it. If you need assistance communicating with your  caregivers, please ask for a nurse manager or social services.

Volunteers deliver letters and packages for patients daily. Letters and parcels that arrive after you have been discharged are forwarded to your home. Stamps and stationery may be purchased in the Gift Shop (located on the 1st floor adjacent to the Main Lobby). Outgoing mail may be left at the nurses' station or given to a volunteer.


Newspapers may be purchased at the entrance to the hospital.

For the Hearing Impaired

A telecommunications device is available to help hearing impaired patients or patients who want to communicate with a hearing-impaired relative or friend. Arrangements can also be made to obtain the services of a sign language interpreter to assist with your communication needs. Please ask your caregiver if you need assistance.

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