4. COMPLETE: Do It Today
What is an advance directive?
An advance directive is a document that people complete in advance that
indicates the kind of care they would want if they were to be in an accident
or become seriously ill. An advance directive allows you to name a decision
maker in the event that you can’t speak for yourself.
Preparing Your advance directive
- Think about your values and goals for care if you were to become seriously ill.
- Talk to your loved ones and care providers about these values and goals.
- Choose an agent to speak for you if you were unable to speak for yourself.
Complete an advance directive by downloading a
form, making your selections and signing the form in front of two witnesses
or a notary public.
- Give a copy of your completed advance directive to your agent, family members,
care providers and hospital. Remember, copies of your advance directive
are just as valid as the original.
Storing Your Advance Directive
It’s best to keep your advance directive in a safe and convenient
place We do not recommend that you keep your advance directive in a safety
deposit box. This document needs to be easily accessible.