What is an advance directive? All adults can benefit from thinking about what their healthcare choices would be if they are unable to speak for themselves. These decisions can be written down in an advance directive so that others know what they are. Advance directives come in two main forms:
How can I learn more about advance directives/advance care planning?
The links below explore a variety of resources to help you make, discuss and document future healthcare wishes and decisions.
Where can I get an advance directive? Aging With Dignity (Five Wishes)
The Five Wishes document helps individuals express care options and preferences. The advance directive meets the legal requirements in most states and is available in 20 languages for a nominal fee. Order online or call 850.681.2010.
Caring Connections offers free, state-specific advance directives for all 50 states and DC that meet the legal requirements for each state. Download individual copies for free or call 800.658.8898 to have a copy mailed to you.
Caring Conversations is a workbook to help individuals and families communicate with each other about their healthcare preferences and contains advance directive documents. These forms are valid in every state when notarized and signed by two witnesses. Download for free or call 800.344.3829 to order.
Project Grace offers a free Advance Care Planning Document that is legally valid in states that do not require forms to be notarized. Download for free, or call 877.99.GRACE to order a copy.
Lifecare Advance Directives
The Lifecare Advance Directive website offers free state-standard advance directives for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and four major United States territories (American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands). Research validated comprehensive advance directies, as well as completion guides, agent guides, and other important advance directive support documents are also available.
National Resource Center on Psychiatric Advance Directives offers general and state-specific information on psychiatric advance directives.
The Will to Live Project provides state specific forms for designating an agent and stating healthcare wishes.
International Task Force on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide The International Task force offers a durable power of attorney document (in either multistate or state-specific versions) that expressly defines and prohibits euthanasia.
Organ Donation Choices: www.organdonor.gov or www.donatelife.net
The National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) Initiative is a collaborative effort of national, state and community organizations committed to ensuring that all adults with decision-making capacity in the United States have the infomation and opportunity to communicate and document their healthcare decisions.