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.
The Conversation Starter Guide called For Caregivers of People with Alzheimer's or Other Forms of Dementia will help you and your family to understand what matters most to someone living with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, and help them have a say in their health care.
The Conversation Project has additional Conversation Starter Guides available on related topics to help you have "the conversation" with the important people in your life about future health care needs including end-of-life care.
The Because I Love You (BILY) planning guide was developed by Honoring Choices Virginia to help you begin thinking about important future needs, such as health care, long-term care, estate planning, and funerals.