All adults can benefit from thinking about what their healthcare choices would be if they are unable to speak for themselves.

 

Advance directives come in two main forms:

  1. A "healthcare power of attorney" (or "proxy" or "agent" or "surrogate") documents the person you select to be your voice for your healthcare decisions if you cannot speak for yourself. 

  2. A "living will" documents what kinds of medical treatments you would or would not want at the end of life.

 

We have compiled a list of resources to help make, discuss and document future healthcare wishes and decisions. Get an advance directive and start an advance care planning conversation →