How do you write an advance directive?
As you prepare your advance directive, you'll need to follow these four important steps:
- Get the living will and medical power of attorney forms for your state. Forms are different in each state, so be sure to get the right ones for where you live.
- Choose your health care agent. This should be a person you trust to make decisions for you.
- Fill out the forms, and have them witnessed as your state requires.
- Give copies to your family, your doctor, and your health care agent.
You can get the forms in a doctor's office, hospital, law office, state or local office for the aging, senior center, or nursing home. You can also get them online at www.caringinfo.org or by calling 1-800-658-8898.
When you write your advance directive, think about the kinds of treatments that you do or don't want to receive if you get seriously hurt or ill.