ADVANCE HEALTH CARE DIRECTIVE FORM
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Probate Code - PROB
DIVISION 4.7. HEALTH CARE DECISIONS [4600 - 4806] ( Division 4.7 added by Stats. 1999, Ch. 658, Sec. 39. )
PART 2. UNIFORM HEALTH CARE DECISIONS ACT [4670 - 4743] ( Part 2 added by Stats. 1999, Ch. 658, Sec. 39. )
CHAPTER 2. Advance Health Care Directive Forms [4700 - 4701] ( Chapter 2 added by Stats. 1999, Ch. 658, Sec. 39. )
4701. The statutory advance health care directive form is as follows:
ADVANCE HEALTH CARE DIRECTIVE
(California Probate Code Section 4701)
Explanation
You have the right to give instructions about your own health care. You also have the right to name someone else to make
health care decisions for you. This form lets you do either or both of these things. It also lets you express your wishes
regarding donation of organs and the designation of your primary physician. If you use this form, you may complete or modify
all or any part of it. You are free to use a different form.
Part 1 of this form is a power of attorney for health care. Part 1 lets you name another individual as agent to make health care
decisions for you if you become incapable of making your own decisions or if you want someone else to make those
decisions for you now even though you are still capable. You may also name an alternate agent to act for you if your first
choice is not willing, able, or reasonably available to make decisions for you. (Your agent may not be an operator or
employee of a community care facility or a residential care facility where you are receiving care, or your supervising health
care provider or employee of the health care institution where you are receiving care, unless your agent is related to you or is
a coworker.)
Unless the form you sign limits the authority of your agent, your agent may make all health care decisions for you. This form
has a place for you to limit the authority of your agent. You need not limit the authority of your agent if you wish to rely on
your agent for all health care decisions that may have to be made. If you choose not to limit the authority of your agent, your
agent will have the right to:
(a) Consent or refuse consent to any care, treatment, service, or procedure to maintain, diagnose, or otherwise affect a
physical or mental condition.
(b) Select or discharge health care providers and institutions.
(c) Approve or disapprove diagnostic tests, surgical procedures, and programs of medication.
(d) Direct the provision, withholding, or withdrawal of artificial nutrition and hydration and all other forms of health care,
including cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
(e) Donate your organs, tissues, and parts, authorize an autopsy, and direct disposition of remains.
Part 2 of this form lets you give specific instructions about any aspect of your health care, whether or not you appoint an
agent. Choices are provided for you to express your wishes regarding the provision, withholding, or withdrawal of treatment to
keep you alive, as well as the provision of pain relief. Space is also provided for you to add to the choices you have made or
for you to write out any additional wishes. If you are satisfied to allow your agent to determine what is best for you in making
end-of-life decisions, you need not fill out Part 2 of this form.
Part 3 of this form lets you express an intention to donate your bodily organs, tissues, and parts following your death.
Part 4 of this form lets you designate a physician to have primary responsibility for your health care.
After completing this form, sign and date the form at the end. The form must be signed by two qualified witnesses or
acknowledged before a notary public. Give a copy of the signed and completed form to your physician, to any other health
care providers you may have, to any health care institution at which you are receiving care, and to any health care agents
you have named. You should talk to the person you have named as agent to make sure that he or she understands your
wishes and is willing to take the responsibility.
You have the right to revoke this advance health care directive or replace this form at any time.
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(home phone) (work phone)
PART 1
POWER OF ATTORNEY FOR HEALTH CARE
(1.1) DESIGNATION OF AGENT: I designate the following individual as my agent to make health care decisions for me:
(name of individual you choose as agent)
(address) (city) (state) (ZIP Code)
OPTIONAL: If I revoke my agent's authority or if my agent is not willing, able, or reasonably available to make a health care
decision for me, I designate as my first alternate agent:
(name of individual you choose as first alternate agent)
(address) (city) (state) (ZIP Code)
(home phone) (work phone)
OPTIONAL: If I revoke the authority of my agent and first alternate agent or if neither is willing, able, or reasonably available
to make a health care decision for me, I designate as my second alternate agent:
(name of individual you choose as second alternate agent)
(address) (city) (state) (ZIP Code)
(home phone) (work phone)
(1.2) AGENT'S AUTHORITY: My agent is authorized to make all health care decisions for me, including decisions to
provide, withhold, or withdraw artificial nutrition and hydration and all other forms of health care to keep me alive, except as I
state here:
(Add additional sheets if needed.)
(1.3) WHEN AGENT'S AUTHORITY BECOMES EFFECTIVE: My agent's authority becomes effective when my primary
physician determines that I am unable to make my own health care decisions unless I mark the following box.
If I mark this box , my agent's authority to make health care decisions for me takes effect immediately.
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(1.4.) AGENT'S OBLIGATION: My agent shall make health care decisions for me in accordance with this power of attorney
for health care, any instructions I give in Part 2 of this form, and my other wishes to the extent known to my agent. To the
extent my wishes are unknown, my agent shall make health care decisions for me in accordance with what my agent
determines to be in my best interest. In determining my best interest, my agent shall consider my personal values to the
extent known to my agent.
(1.5) AGENT'S POSTDEATH AUTHORITY: My agent is authorized to donate my organs, tissues, and parts, authorize an
autopsy, and direct disposition of my remains, except as I state here or in Part 3 of this form:
:
(Add additional sheets if needed.)
(1.6) NOMINATION OF CONSERVATOR: If a conservator of my person needs to be appointed for me by a court, I
nominate the agent designated in this form. If that agent is not wiling, able, or reasonably available to act as conservator, I
nominate the alternate agents whom I have named, in the order designated.
PART 2
INSTRUCTIONS FOR HEALTH CARE
If you fill out this part of the form, you may strike any wording you do not want.
(2.1) END-OF-LIFE DECISIONS: I direct that my health care providers and others involved in my care provide, withhold,
or withdraw treatment in accordance with the choice I have marked below:
(a) Choice Not to Prolong Life
I do not want my life to be prolonged if (1) I have an incurable and irreversible condition that will result in my death
within a relatively short time, (2) I become unconscious and, to a reasonable degree of medical certainty, I will not
regain consciousness, or (3) the likely risks and burdens of treatment would outweigh the expected benefits, OR
(b) Choice to Prolong Life
I want my life to be prolonged as long as possible within the limits of generally accepted health care standards.
(2.2) RELIEF FROM PAIN: Except as I state in the following space, I direct that treatment for alleviation of pain or
discomfort be provided at all times, even if it hastens my death:
(Add additional sheets if needed.)
(2.3) OTHER WISHES: (If you do not agree with any of the optional choices above and wish to write your own, or if you
wish to add to the instructions you have given above, you may do so here.) I direct that:
(Add additional sheets if needed.)
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PART 3
DONATION OF ORGANS, TISSUES, AND PARTS AT DEATH
(OPTIONAL)
(3.1) Upon my death, I give my organs, tissues, and parts (mark box to indicate yes).
By checking the box above, and notwithstanding my choice in Part 2 of this form, I authorize my agent to consent to any
temporary medical procedure necessary solely to evaluate and/or maintain my organs, tissues, and/or parts for purposes of
donation.
(a) Transplant
My donation is for the following purposes (strike any of the following you do not want):
(b) Therapy
(c) Research
(d) Education
If you want to restrict your donation of an organ, tissue, or part in some way, please state your restriction on the following
lines:
If I leave this part blank, it is not a refusal to make a donation. My state-authorized donor registration should be followed, or,
if none, my agent may make a donation upon my death. If no agent is named above, I acknowledge that California law
permits an authorized individual to make such a decision on my behalf. (To state any limitation, preference, or instruction
regarding donation, please use the lines above or in Section 1.5 of this form).
PART 4
PRIMARY PHYSICIAN
(OPTIONAL)
(4.1) I designate the following physician as my primary physician:
(name of physician)
(address) (city) (state) (ZIP Code)
(phone)
OPTIONAL: If the physician I have designated above is not willing, able, or reasonably available to act as my primary
physician, I designate the following physician as my primary physician:
(name of physician)
(address) (city) (state) (ZIP Code)
(phone)
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PART 5
(5.1) EFFECT OF COPY: A copy of this form has the same effect as the original.
(5.2) SIGNATURE: Sign and date the form here:
(print your name)
(sign your name)
(5.3) STATEMENT OF WITNESSES: I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of California (1) that the individual
who signed or acknowledged this advance health care directive is personally known to me, or that the individual's identity
was proven to me by convincing evidence (2) that the individual signed or acknowledged this advance directive in my
presence, (3) that the individual appears to be of sound mind and under no duress, fraud, or undue influence, (4) that I am
not a person appointed as agent by this advance directive, and (5) that I am not the individual's health care provider, an
employee of the individual's health care provider, the operator of a community care facility, an employee of an operator of a
community care facility, the operator of a residential care facility for the elderly, nor an employee of an operator of a
residential care facility for the elderly.
First witness Second witness
(print name) (print name)
(date)
(address)
(city) (state)
(address)(address)
(city) (state) (city) (state)
(signature of witness) (signature of witness)
(date)
(date)
(5.4) ADDITIONAL STATEMENT OF WITNESSES: At least one of the above witnesses must also sign the following
declaration:
I further declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of California that I am not related to the individual executing
this advance health care directive by blood, marriage, or adoption, and to the best of my knowledge, I am not entitled to any
part of the individual's estate upon his or her death under a will now existing or by operation of law.
(signature of witness) (signature of witness)
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PART 6
SPECIAL WITNESS REQUIREMENT
(6.1) The following statement is required only if you are a patient in a skilled nursing facility--a health care facility that
provides the following basic services: skilled nursing care and supportive care to patients whose primary need is for
availability of skilled nursing care on an extended basis. The patient advocate or ombudsman must sign the following
statement:
STATEMENT OF PATIENT ADVOCATE OR OMBUDSMAN
I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of California that I am a patient advocate or ombudsman as
designated by the State Department of Aging and that I am serving as a witness as required by Section 4675 of the Probate
Code.
(print your name)
(sign your name)(date)
(address)
(city) (state)
(Amended by Stats. 2018, Ch. 287, Sec. 1. (AB 3211) Effective January 1, 2019.)
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