Advance Directives

Completing an Advance Directive (Living Will and/or Medical Power of Attorney) assures that a person’s end-of-life care wishes will be honored if he/she is unable to make decisions for his/herself, relieves loved ones of difficult decision-making and assures that all healthcare providers know the kind of care that is desired.

All California residents should complete and provide copies to their Medical Power of Attorney, family, physicians and local hospital.

Power of Attorney for Health Care
A Power of Attorney for Health Care allows you to appoint a person to make medical decisions for you in the event you are unable to do so.

Living Will
A Living Will is an instrument that puts in writing your wishes concerning medical treatment in the event you are unable to make the decision.  An example would be your decision to withhold life support if you are determined to be terminally ill.