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Advance Care Planning Resources

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Get An Advance Directive


Advance Care Planning Resources

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.

The links and resources below explore a variety of resources to help make, discuss and document future healthcare wishes and decisions


AARP

AARP features an End-of-Life Planning resource center with perspectives on starting advance care planning discussionsfacilitating discussions with adult children about end of life planning, frequently asked questions and considerations for siblings planning care for parents.  

A|D Vault/MyDirectives.com & MyDirectives MOBILE

MyDirectives.com, a service of ADVault, Inc., is a free online platform that allows consumers to digitize your voices and treatment priorities in a comprehensive legal advance care plan that is secure in the cloud and available 24/7 anywhere in the world to you, your loved ones and your medical providers. MyDirectives also features a Discussion Guide and Conversation Starters to help people have discussions with doctors, family and healthcare agents. The new MyDirectives MOBILE App makes users’ emergency advance care plans accessible even when their iPhones are locked. 

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.  

American Hospital Association

The American Hospital Association has advance care planning resources from some states hospital associations and a Put It In Writing brochure for patients and families to document their wishes.

American Bar Association Advance Care Planning Toolkit

Canada's Advance Care Planning Day Initiative

Facilitating a fantastic campaign and resources, this Advance Care Planning Day initiative helps people learn how to make an advance care plan, start advance care planning with others, provides Advance Care Planning Workbooks, and has definitions to common terms used in advance care planning. They are also the creators of the widely appreciated Speak Up video.

American Society of Clinical Oncology & Cancer.net

ASCO's patient information website Cancer.net provides advanced care planning resources and a comprehensive Advance Care Planning Workbook.  

Caring Connections

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. Also access resources for Advance Care PlanningFinancial Information, a Planning Ahead Checklist & Free Brochures.

Center for Practical Bioethics

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 free resources, the Caring Conversations Workbook or call 800.344.3829 to order.   

Conversation Project

The Conversation Project is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care. They are focused on generating conversations about healthcare wishes with family members and ensuring individuals have thought through what they want at the end of life.

Compassion & Choices

Compassion & Choices offers an advance care planning tool kit and state-specific advance directive materials.      

DeathWise

Deathwise is passionate about motivating people to talk about, make decisions, plan for the end of their lives and then documenting their wishes in an advance directive to ensure their preferences are communicated to their medical services providers, family and friends. Wise Conversations provides trained coaches to meet with and guide small groups of people through conversations about clarifying choices and the process of completing advance directives.  Deathwise also provides free State-Specific Advance Directives. 

Engage With Grace

Engage with Grace is a movement with the goal to help people discuss what's important to them so their end of life experience just as purposeful as the way in which they live their lifes. Their movement calls on people to engage in a blog rally every Thanksgiving and also has a call to action to participate in their One Slide project. The One Slide features just five questions designed to get the conversation about end of life care started with loved ones. The Engage with Grace Blog Rally has a different theme every year at Thanksgiving and is an opportunity for people to donate their Facebook, Twitter and Blog updates to raise awareness about the importance of end of life conversations. 

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Checklists & Free State-Specific Advance Directives

Go Wish Cards

Coda Alliance has a "Go Wish Game," a card game that is a simple way to think and talk about what's important to individuals and their family members if someone becomes seriously ill.

LastingMatters 

LastingMatters helps any adult, at any age, compile, document and clearly communicate  important information, intentions and wishes.  The LastingMatters Organizer is a practical and comprehensive planning guide helping to reduce the costs, time, stress and family pressures associated with the death of a loved one.

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 directives, as well as completion guides, agent guides, and other important advance directive support documents are also available.  

Making Your Wishes Known

Planning Your Medical Future is an evidence-based, multimedia, online tool for advance care planning. It provides tailored education about common medical conditions that can result in decisional incapacity, as well as medical treatments often introduced in life or death situations. The program guides individuals to choose a spokesperson, prioritize values and goals, and match treatment options with priorities, and is unique in its use of a decision aid to translate individual values and preferences into a detailed advance directive document.

MedicAlert Foundation

The MedicAlert Foundation offers emergency medical information and identification services including Do Not Resuscitate medical IDs and option to store advance directives for all 50 states.  

My Gift of Grace

My Gift of Grace is a conversation game for living and dying well. Designed as a fun, engaging way to start conversations with any group, the game is a tool suitable for players at all life stages.

My Healthcare Wishes App

The My Healthcare Wishes App is a smartphone application for storing advance directives and other important health information.

National Association of Social Workers

NASW has an Advance Care Planning resource center with tip sheets for planning before a crisis and special considerations for Psychiatric Advance Directives.

National Resource Center on Psychiatric Advance Directives

National Resource Center on Psychiatric Advance Directives offers general and state-specific information on psychiatric advance directives.  

PREPARE 

PREPARE also referred to as PREPARE For Your Care, is an interactive website serving as a resource for families navigating medical decision making. A printable pamphlet with tips by PREPARE is available here.

Project GRACE

Project GRACE - Guidelines for Resuscitation and Care at End-of-Life, 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.  

The Patients’ Rights Council

The Patients’ Rights Council offers a durable power of attorney document (in either multi-state or state-specific versions) that expressly defines and prohibits euthanasia.  

The Will to Live Project

The Will to Live Project  provides state specific forms for designating an agent and stating healthcare wishes.  

US Living Will Registry



The links to the various resources are provided as a convenience.  NHDD does not specifically endorse any particular resource.  Furthermore, you should check the specific legal rules in your state if you elect to use any national resources. If you have a content edit request or suggestion, please reach out to us here.