Part 5: Next Steps
Now that you have completed your health care directive, you have a few more steps to ﬁnish.
This page is not part of your health care directive. You may separate it from the rest of the document
and use it as a worksheet.
q Keep the original copy of your health care directive where it can be easily found.
q Give a copy of your health care directive to your health care agent, health care provider(s)
(so it can be scanned into your medical record) and those who may be involved in your health care
or in helping to make health care decisions for you.
q Talk to anyone who may be involved if you have a serious illness or injury. Make sure they know
who your health care agent is and understand your wishes, goals and values.
q If you go to a hospital or nursing home, take a copy of your health care directive and ask that it
be scanned into your medical record.
q Review, update or complete a new health care directive at least every 5 years or if:
— there is a major family change, such as divorce or death
— you are diagnosed with a serious health condition
— your health gets signiﬁcantly worse, especially if you are unable to care for yourself
or are unable to live on your own
— your health care agent is no longer willing or able.
q If your choices change, ﬁll out a new health care directive and give new copies to your health care
agent, health care provider(s), others who may be involved in your health care or in helping to
make health care decisions for you and anyone who has copies of your old health care directive.
Tell them what changed and to destroy any old copies.
Who has copies of this document
Give a copy of this document to your health care agent, health care provider(s), clergy, and those who
may be involved in your health care or making health care decisions for you. Also take a copy of your
health care directive with you when you go to the hospital or clinic for care.