Advance Directives

What is an Advance Directive?

An advance directive is a set of legal documents that outline your wishes for healthcare if you are unable to make decisions for yourself.

Key documents include: durable power of attorney for healthcare and a living will.

Advance Directive Forms

When completing Advance Directive forms, Memorial recommends you speak with your physician about Advance Care Planning.

  • Memorial's Advance Care Planning booklet includes information about advance care planning, a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care, a Living Will and a Physician Order for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) form. English | Spanish | French
  • Advance Directive Forms: English | Spanish
  • Mental Health Treatment Declaration: English | Spanish
  • Living Will

Practitioner Order for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST)

A POLST is a medical order that documents the types of treatment, especially life-sustaining treatment, a person would want at the end of their life if they were seriously ill. It is intended for elderly, frail and/or seriously ill patients who want to state whether or not they would want certain healthcare treatments.

A POLST is meant to be completed with a healthcare professional and needs to be signed by that healthcare professional in order for it to be valid. You can learn more, and download the POLST form at POLST.org.