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CALIFORNIA
Advance Directive
Planning for Important Health Care Decisions
CaringInfo
1731 King St., Suite 100, Alexandria, VA 22314
www.caringinfo.org
800/658-8898
CaringInfo, a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO),
is a national consumer engagement initiative to improve care at the end of life.
It’s About How You LIVE
It’s About How You LIVE
is a national community engagement campaign encouraging
individuals to make informed decisions about end-of-life care and services. The campaign
encourages people to:
Learn about options for end-of-life services and care
Implement plans to ensure wishes are honored
Voice decisions to family, friends and health care providers
Engage in personal or community efforts to improve end-of-life care
Note: The following is not a substitute for legal advice. While CaringInfo updates the
following information and form to keep them up-to-date, changes in the underlying law
can affect how the form will operate in the event you lose the ability to make decisions for
yourself. If you have any questions about how the form will help ensure your wishes are
carried out, or if your wishes do not seem to fit with the form, you may wish to talk to
your health care provider or an attorney with experience in drafting advance directives.
Copyright © 2005 National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. All rights reserved. Revised 2019.
Reproduction and distribution by an organization or organized group without the written permission of the
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization is expressly forbidden.
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Using these Materials
BEFORE YOU BEGIN
1. Check to be sure that you have the materials for each state in which you may receive
health care.
2. These materials include:
Instructions for preparing your advance directive, please read all the
instructions.
Your state-specific advance directive forms, which are the pages with the gray
instruction bar on the left side.
ACTION STEPS
1. You may want to photocopy or print a second set of these forms before you start so
you will have a clean copy if you need to start over.
2. When you begin to fill out the forms, refer to the gray instruction bars they will
guide you through the process.
3. Talk with your family, friends, and physicians about your advance directive. Be sure
the person you appoint to make decisions on your behalf understands your wishes.
4. Once the form is completed and signed, photocopy the form and give it to the person
you have appointed to make decisions on your behalf, your family, friends, health care
providers and/or faith leaders so that the form is available in the event of an
emergency.
5. California maintains an Advance Directive Registry. By filing your advance directive
with the registry, your health care provider and loved ones may be able to find a copy
of your directive in the event you are unable to provide one. You can read more about
the registry, including instructions on how to file your advance directive, at
http://www.sos.ca.gov/registries/advance-health-care-directive-registry/
6. You may also want to save a copy of your form in an online personal health records
application, program, or service that allows you to share your medical documents with
your physicians, family, and others who you want to take an active role in your
advance care planning.
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INTRODUCTION TO YOUR CALIFORNIA ADVANCE HEALTH CARE DIRECTIVE
This packet contains a legal document, a California Advance Health Care Directive,
that protects your right to refuse medical treatment you do not want, or to request
treatment you do want, in the event you lose the ability to make decisions yourself. You
may complete any or all of the first four parts, depending on your advance planning
needs. You must complete part 5.
Part 1 is a Power of Attorney for Health Care. This part lets you name someone (an
agent) to make decisions about your health care. Unless otherwise written in your
advance directive, your power of attorney for health care becomes effective when your
primary doctor determines that you lack the ability to understand the nature and
consequences of your health care decisions or the ability to make and communicate your
health care decisions. If you want your agent to make health care decisions for you now,
even though you are still capable of making health care decisions, you can include this
instruction in your power of attorney for health care designation.
Part 2 includes your Individual Instructions. This is your state’s living will. It lets you
state your wishes about health care in the event that you can no longer speak for yourself
and you may limit the individual instructions to take effect only if a specified condition
arises.
Part 3 allows you to express your wishes regarding organ donation.
Part 4 of this form lets you designate a physician to have primary responsibility for your
health care.
Part 5 contains the signature and witnessing provisions so that your document will be
effective.
This form does not expressly address mental illness. If you would like to make advance
care plans regarding mental illness, you should talk to your physician and an attorney
about an advance directive tailored to your needs.
Note: These documents will be legally binding only if the person completing them is a
competent adult, who is 18 years of age or older, or an emancipated minor.
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INSTRUCTIONS FOR YOUR CALIFORNIA ADVANCE HEALTH CARE DIRECTIVE
How do I make my advance health care directive legal?
You must sign and date your advance directive or direct an adult to do so for you if you
are unable to sign it yourself.
You r signature must be witnessed by or you must acknowledge your signature before a
notary public or two adult witnesses. Your two adult witnesses may not be
your health care provider or an employee of your health care provider,
the operator or an employee of a community care facility,
the operator or an employee of a residential care facility for the elderly, or
the person you have appointed as an agent, if you have appointed an agent.
In addition, one of your witnesses must be unrelated to you by blood, marriage, or
adoption and not entitled to any portion of your estate.
If you are a patient in a skilled nursing facility when you execute your advance directive,
one of your witnesses must be a patient advocate or ombudsman.
Whom should I appoint as my agent?
Your agent is the person you appoint to make decisions about your health care if you
become unable to make those decisions yourself. Your agent may be a family member or a
close friend whom you trust to make serious decisions. The person you name as your
agent should clearly understand your wishes and be willing to accept the responsibility of
making health care decisions for you.
Your agent cannot be
your supervising health care provider,
the operator of a community care facility or residential care facility where you
are receiving care, or
the employee of a health care institution where you are receiving care or
employee of a community care facility or residential care facility where you are
receiving care, unless:
o the employee is related to you by blood, marriage, or adoption,
o the employee is your registered domestic partner, or
o the employee is your coworker at the facility or institution.
If you have a conservator appointed for you as part of involuntary commitment
proceedings under the Lanterman-Petris-Short Act, that conservator cannot be appointed
as your agent unless you are represented by a lawyer who signs a certificate stating that
you have been advised of your rights. If this applies to you, you should talk with your
lawyer about your rights, the applicable law, and the potential consequences involved.
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On the other hand, you may include in your advance directive a nomination for the
individual appointed as your conservator, if necessary. The court will consider your
nomination in any protective proceeding.
You can appoint a second and third person as your alternate agents. An alternate agent
will step in if the person(s) you name as agent is/are unable, unwilling or unavailable to
act for you.
Should I add personal instructions to my advance directive?
One of the strongest reasons for naming an agent is to have someone who can respond
flexibly as your medical situation changes and deal with situations that you did not foresee.
If you add instructions to this document it may help your agent carry out your wishes, but
be careful that you do not unintentionally restrict your agent’s power to act in your best
interest. In any event, be sure to talk with your agent about your future health care and
describe what you consider to be an acceptable “quality of life.”
What if I change my mind?
Except for the appointment of your agent, you may revoke any portion or this entire
advance directive at any time and in any way that communicates your intent to revoke.
This could be by telling your agent or physician that you revoke, by signing a revocation,
or simply by tearing up your advance directive.
In order to revoke your agent’s appointment, you must either tell your supervising health
care provider of your intent to revoke or revoke your agents appointment in a signed
writing.
If you execute a new advance directive, it will revoke the old advance directive to the
extent of any conflict between the two documents.
Unless you specify otherwise in Part 2, if you designate your spouse as your agent, that
designation will automatically be revoked by divorce or annulment of your marriage.
What other important facts should I know?
Your agent, if you appoint one, does not have authority to authorize convulsive treatment,
psychosurgery, sterilization, or abortion, or to have you committed or placed in a mental
health treatment facility.
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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 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 an employee of the
health care institution where you are receiving care, unless your agent is
related to you, is your registered domestic partner, or is a co-worker. Your
supervising health care provider can never act as your agent.)
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; and
(e) Donate your organs, tissues and parts, authorize an autopsy,
and direct the disposition of your remains.
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Explanation Continued
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 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 in Part 5. 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 and alternate agent(s) 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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PART 1: POWER OF ATTORNEY FOR HEALTH CARE
(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)
(home phone) (work phone)
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)
INSTRUCTIONS
PRINT THE NAME,
HOME ADDRESS
AND HOME AND
WORK TELEPHONE
NUMBERS OF YOUR
PRIMARY
AGENT
P
RINT THE NAME,
HOME ADDRESS
AND HOME AND
WORK TELEPHONE
NUMBERS OF YOUR
FIRST ALTERNATE
AGENT
(OPTIONAL)
PRINT THE NAME,
HOME ADDRESS
AND HOME AND
WORK TELEPHONE
NUMBERS OF YOUR
SECOND
ALTERNATE
AGENT
(OPTIONAL)
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(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.)
(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.
(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.
(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, in paragraph (2) above, or in Part 3 of
this form:
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
(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 willing, able, or reasonably available to act as
conservator, I nominate the alternate agents whom I have named, in the
order designated.
ADD
IN
STRUCTIONS
HERE ONLY IF YOU
WANT TO LIMIT
THE POWER OF
YOUR AGENT
INITIA
L THE BOX IF
YOU WISH YOUR
AGENT’S
AUTHORITY TO
BECOME EFFECTIVE
IMMEDIATELY
CRO
SS OUT AND
INITIAL ANY
STATEMENTS IN
PARAGRAPHS 4, 5,
OR 6 THAT DO NOT
REFLECT YOUR
WISHES
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PART 2: INSTRUCTIONS FOR HEALTH CARE
If you fill out this part of the form, you may strike any wording you do not
want.
(7) 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: (Initial only one box)
[ ] (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.
(8) RELIEF FROM PAIN: Except as I state in the following space, I direct
that treatment for alleviation of pain or discomfort should be provided at all
times even if it hastens my death:
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
IN
ITIAL THE
PARAGRAPH
THAT BEST
REFLECTS YOUR
WISHES
REGARDING
LIFE-SUPPORT
MEASURES
A
DD INSTRUCTIONS
HERE ONLY IF YOU
WANT TO LIMIT
PAIN RELIEF OR
COMFORT CARE
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(9) 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.)
ADD OTHER
INSTRUCTIONS, IF
ANY, REGARDING
YOUR ADVANCE
CARE PLANS
THESE
INSTRUCTIONS CAN
FURTHER ADDRESS
YOUR HEALTH CARE
PLANS, SUCH AS
YOUR WISHES
REGARDING
HOSPICE
TREATMENT, BUT
CAN ALSO ADDRESS
OTHER ADVANCE
PLANNING ISSUES,
SUCH AS YOUR
BURIAL WISHES
ATTACH
ADDITIONAL PAGES
IF NEEDED
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PART 3: DONATION OF ORGANS AT DEATH
(OPTIONAL)
(10) Upon my death (initial applicable box):
[ ] (a) I do not give any of my organs, tissues, or parts and do
not want my agent, conservator, or family to make a
donation on my behalf,
[ ] (b) I give any needed organs, tissues, or parts,
OR
[ ] (c) I give the following organs, tissues, or parts only
My donation is for the following purposes:
(strike any of the following you do not want)
(1) Transplant
(2) Therapy
(3) Research
(4) Education
By checking the box above to give any organs, tissues or parts, or to give
specified organs, tissues or parts only, 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.
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.
OR
GAN
DONATION
(OPTIONAL)
IN
ITIAL THE BOX
THAT AGREES
WITH YOUR
WISHES ABOUT
ORGAN
DONATION
STRIKE
THROUGH ANY
USES YOU DO
NOT AGREE TO
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PART 4: PRIMARY PHYSICIAN
(OPTIONAL)
(11) 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)
(12) EFFECT OF COPY: A copy of this form has the same effect as the original.
P
RINT THE NAME,
ADDRESS AND
TELEPHONE
NUMBER OF YOUR
PRIMARY
PHYSICIAN
(OPTIONAL)
P
RINT THE NAME,
ADDRESS AND
TELEPHONE
NUMBER OF YOUR
ALTERNATE
PRIMARY
PHYSICIAN
(OPTIONAL)
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PART 5: EXECUTION
This Health Care Directive will not be valid unless it is EITHER:
(A) Signed by two (2) qualified adult witnesses who are personally
known to you or to whom you have proven your identity by convincing
evidence and who are present when you sign or acknowledge your
signature. Your witnesses may not be
your health care provider or an employee of your health care
provider,
the operator or an employee of a community care facility,
the operator or an employee of a residential care facility for the
elderly, or
the person you have appointed as an agent, if you have
appointed an agent.
In addition, one of your witnesses must be unrelated to you by blood,
marriage, or adoption and not entitled to any portion of your estate. (Use
Alternative 1, below, if you decide to have your signature witnessed.)
OR
(B) Witnessed by a notary. (Use Alternative 2, below (page 12), if you
decide to have your signature notarized.)
If you are a patient in a skilled nursing facility when you execute your
advance directive, one of your witnesses must be a patient advocate or
ombudsman. This witness must sign the statement on page 13, even if you
have had your advance directive notarized.
I
F YOU CHOOSE TO
SIGN WITH
WITNESSES, USE
ALTERNATIVE 1,
BELOW
I
F YOU CHOOSE TO
HAVE YOUR
SIGNATURE
NOTARIZED, USE
ALTERNATIVE 2,
BELOW (PAGE 12)
T
HERE ARE SPECIAL
WITNESSING
REQUIREMENTS IF
YOU LIVE IN A
SKILLED NURSING
FACILITY
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OPTION 1: Sign before a Witness
_______________________ ___________________________________
(date) (sign your name)
__________________________________________________________
(print your name)
__________________________________________________________
(address)
__________________________________________________________
(city) (state) (zip code)
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 an 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:
__________________________ _______________________________
(date) (signature of witness)
__________________________________________________________
(printed name of witness)
__________________________________________________________
(address)
__________________________________________________________
(city) (state) (zip code)
Second Witness:
______________________ ____________________________________
(date) (signature of witness)
__________________________________________________________
(printed name of witness)
__________________________________________________________
(address)
__________________________________________________________
(city) (state) (zip code)
SIGN AND DATE
THE DOCUMENT
AND THEN PRINT
YOUR NAME AND
ADDRESS
WITNESSING
PROCEDURE
BOTH OF YOUR
WITNESSES MUST
AGREE WITH THIS
STATEMENT
ONE WITNESS
MUST ALSO SIGN
THE STATEMENT
ON PAGE 11
HAVE YOUR
WITNESSES SIGN
AND DATE THE
DOCUMENT AND
THEN PRINT THEIR
NAME AND
ADDRESS
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ADDITIONAL WITNESS STATEMENT
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.
__________________________ ________________________________
(date) (signature of witness)
ONE OF YOUR
WITNESSES MUST
ALSO SIGN THIS
STATEMENT
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SIGN AND DATE
THE DOCUMENT
AND THEN PRINT
YOUR NAME AND
ADDRESS
A NOTARY PUBLIC
MUST FILL OUT
THIS PORTION OF
THE FORM
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ACKNOWLEDGMENT
State of California
County of ___________________)
On __________________________ before me,________________________________
(insert name and title of the officer)
personally appeared _____________________________________________________,
who proved to me on the basis of satisfactory evidence to be the person(s) whose
name(s) is/are subscribed to the within instrument and acknowledged to me that
he/she/they executed the same in his/her/their authorized capacity(ies), and that by
his/her their signature(s) on the instrument the person(s), or the entity upon behalf of
which the person(s) acted, executed the instrument.
I certify under PENALTY OF PERJURY under the laws of the state of California that the
foregoing paragraph is true and correct.
WITNESS my hand and official seal.
Signature ______________________________________________ (Seal)
A notary public or other officer completing this
certificate verifies only the identity of the individual
who signed the document to which this certificate is
attached, and not the truthfulness, accuracy, or
validity of that document.
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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 witness as required by section 4675 of the
Probate Code.
__________________________ ________________________________
(date) (signature)
__________________________________________________________
(printed name)
__________________________________________________________
(address)
__________________________________________________________
(city) (state) (zip code)
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THIS SECTION
MUST BE
COMPLETED
BY A PATIENT
ADVOCATE OR
OMBUDSMAN IF
YOU ARE A
RESIDENT IN A
SKILLED NURSING
FACILITY
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You Have Filled Out Your Health Care Directive, Now What?
1. Your
California Advance Health Care Directive
is an important legal document. Keep
the original signed document in a secure but accessible place. Do not put the
original document in a safe deposit box or any other security box that would keep
others from having access to it.
2. Give photocopies of the signed original to your agent and alternate agent,
doctor(s), family, close friends, clergy, and anyone else who might become involved
in your health care. If you enter a nursing home or hospital, have photocopies of
your document placed in your medical records.
3. Be sure to talk to your agent(s), doctor(s), clergy, family, and friends about your
wishes concerning medical treatment. Discuss your wishes with them often,
particularly if your medical condition changes.
4. California maintains an Advance Directive Registry. By filing your advance directive
with the registry, your health care provider and loved ones may be able to find a
copy of your directive in the event you are unable to provide one. You can read
more about the registry, including instructions on how to file your advance directive,
at http://www.sos.ca.gov/registries/advance-health-care-directive-registry/
5. You may also want to save a copy of your form in an online personal health records
application, program, or service that allows you to share your medical documents
with your physicians, family, and others who you want to take an active role in your
advance care planning.
6. If you want to make changes to your documents after they have been signed and
witnessed, you must complete a new document.
7. Remember, you can always revoke your California document.
8. Be aware that your California document will not be effective in the event of a
medical emergency. Ambulance and hospital emergency department personnel are
required to provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) unless they are given a
separate directive that states otherwise. These directives called “prehospital medical
care directives” or “do not resuscitate orders” are designed for people whose poor
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