Advance Directive FAQ
Who is this for?
If you’re ready to prepare for the future by making decisions about your medical treatment in advance, this information can help you learn more about advance directives.
What's an advance directive?
An advance directive is a document that lets you make your medical decisions in advance, in case you lose the ability to make them for yourself. It lists which medical treatments you want and authorizes someone you know and trust to make decisions for you based on your wishes.
Learn more about the two kinds of advance directives and how you can create one here.
What's a patient advocate?
A patient advocate makes medical decisions for you if you become unable to make them for yourself. They work with your doctors to make sure you receive treatment according to what's in your advance directive.
Learn more about patient advocates here.
What's a Durable Power of Attorney for health care?
A Durable Power of Attorney for health care is a legal document that lets you pick an adult you trust to be your patient advocate.
Find out more about a Durable Power of Attorney for health care and how you can establish one here.