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Advance Health Directives


Health directives include advance medical directives, also known as a health care directive, living will, personal directive, advance directive, or advance decision. They are legal documents in which a person specifies their wishes for future health or medical treatment if they are no longer able to make decisions for themselves. The advance directive designates the individual(s) who can make health care decisions on their behalf.

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  • A medical crisis could leave someone too ill to make his or her own healthcare decisions. Learn about what Advance Care Planning is and how important it is for you and your loved ones.

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  • An Advance Health Care Directive (or Advance Medical Directive) allows you to state what you want for your own medical care if you are unable to make decisions for yourself. Learn more about this important document.

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  • Planning for end of life care is not easy. This article provides several ways to make sure others know the kind of care you want when dying.

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