What is an Advance Healthcare Directive?

An Advance Healthcare Directive lets you specify your preferences for medical care, as well as nominate someone to make healthcare decisions for you.

An Advance Healthcare Directive has two parts: A Living Will and a Medical Power of Attorney.

  • A Living Will is where you specify your preferences for health care and medical treatment. You can specify these preferences in advance so they are known if you are later unable to make decisions for yourself. Learn more about Living Wills
  • The Medical Power of Attorney lets you designate a Health Care Agent to make decisions for you if you are unable to make decisions for yourself and if there is a situation not addressed in the Living Will. Learn more about Medical Power of Attorney 
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