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Advance Directives

Advance Directives

Who should be involved? Everyone 18 years and older, regardless of your current health status.

What do I do? Think about your goals and values, start the conversation with your family and friends then, create an Advance Directive.

When? The time is NOW! “It’s never too early until it’s too late…”

Why should I care?

  • Accidents are unpredictable and illness can be sudden leaving you unable to communicate.
  • Advance directives allow YOU to communicate YOUR wishes regarding medical decisions to your family, physician and other health care professionals when you are unable to make decisions for yourself.
  • Advance directives help to prevent discrepancies between the care you want and care you receive.
  • Advance directives help prevent confusion and conflict during a crisis.

Where can I learn more?
You can complete an Advance Directive online at, or download and print a paper directive at

Some questions to think about when completing your Advance Directive…

  • What does quality of life mean to me?
  • What do I value?
  • What do I find acceptable and unacceptable?
  • Under what circumstances would living be worse than dying?
  • What interventions do I want and how long would I want them? Examples include but are not limited to: Ventilators (life support), feeding tubes, CPR, artificial nutrition or hydration and dialysis.
  • What interventions do I absolutely not want?
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