Advance Directives

It’s never too early – Even though it may be a difficult conversation, many people have said they felt empowered after expressing their final wishes.

Honoring life and death wishes is the foundation for allowing a loved one to live and die with grace and dignity. Advance Directives are official written instructions that give your loved one the opportunity to express their wishes.

There are two important types of Advance Directives:

A Living Will

Your loved one provides written instructions about the type of care they would like to receive in the event they become unconscious or are unable to make decisions.

A Medical Power of Attorney

Your loved one provides written instructions assigning someone to be in charge of making important decisions on their behalf if they become incapable of making those decisions on their own. This is also known as assigning a healthcare agent.

POLST (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment)

POLST is an approach to end-of-life planning which is implemented differently from state to state. Information and forms relevant to your state may be acquired from polst.org.

If you’d like more information on Advance Directives, or if you’d like to download the official documents, you can find them at Aging with Dignity or Caring Connections.