HEALTH CARE DIRECTIVES
Putting your wishes in writing is the best way to help make sure
those wishes are followed if you can’t communicate because of illness
or injury. If you choose not to put your wishes in writing, your
health care agent and health care provider will make decisions based
on your spoken directions or what he or she considers to be in your
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT HEALTH CARE DIRECTIVES
How do I create a health care directive?
There are forms for health care directives. You don’t have to use a form,
but your health care directive must meet the following requirements to
• be in writing and dated
• state your name
be signed by you or someone you authorize to sign for you, when you
can understand and communicate your health care wishes
have your signature veriﬁed by a notary public or two witnesses
include a health care agent to make health care decisions for you and/
or instructions about your health care choices
before you prepare or revise your directive, talk about your health care
wishes with your doctor, health care agent, family and close friends.
What can I put in my health care directive?
You have many choices about what to put in your health care directive.
For example, you may include:
the person you choose as your primary agent to make health care
decisions for you (it is recommended you name an alternate agent in
case the ﬁrst agent is unavailable)
• how you want your agent or agents to make decisions
your goals, values and preferences about health care