Advance directives are legal documents that allow you to plan and make your own end-of-life wishes known in the event that you are unable to communicate. Advance directives consist of (1) a living will and (2) a medical (healthcare) power of attorney. A living will describes your wishes regarding medical care. With a medical power of attorney you can appoint a person to make healthcare decisions for you in case you are unable to speak for yourself.
Below are downloadable advance directive documents for your convenience. Many people find it hard to talk about these topics, but have strong opinions about how they would want to be treated. Early advance care planning is the kindest thing you can do for yourself, your family and friends. For more information on advance directives visit caringinfo.org