Advanced Healthcare Directives
Advance Care Planning: Letting Your Doctor Know Your Wishes
Talking with your family, friends and your physician about your wishes
for medical care at the end of your life is called advance care planning.
It's a way for you, your loved ones and your physician to discuss
the kinds of care you want and don't want at that time. You can also
specify the care you would want if you become unable to speak or make
decisions for yourself, due to a coma or other medical condition. When
you write down your wishes, this kind of plan is called an advance directive.
If you have an Advanced Care Directive, please bring it to your appointment.
If not please download the form below and complete it.
Advance Health Care Directive is a legal document that tells your physician, your family members and
friends about what kind of care you would like to have if you become unable
to make medical decisions. It's called an advance directive because
you choose your medical care before you become seriously ill.
Advance Healthcare Directive form - English
Advance Healthcare Directive form - Spanish
Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST)
POLST is a doctor’s order that indicates what types of life-sustaining
treatment you do or do not want if you become seriously ill. Completing
a POLST is voluntary, and does not replace the Advance Health Care Directive.
To download a copy of the POLST form, click
The Advance Directive largely identifies a surrogate decision-maker should
you become unable to make decisions about your health care. The POLST
is intended to help you and your doctor discuss and develop specific plans
to reflect your wishes. It also helps doctors, other health professionals
and emergency personnel honor your wishes for life-sustaining treatment,
especially in an emergency. The POLST is designed to be in addition to
an Advance Directive.