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Consumer Tools - Toolkits/Workbooks for Health Care Advance Planning

  • The American Bar Association has developed a variety of self-help worksheets, suggestions and resources that prompt a continuing conversation about values, priorities, the meaning of one's life, quality of life and what's important.
  • The Center for Practical Bioethics' Caring Conversations workbook was designed to help individuals and families communicate with each other about their healthcare preferences and contains advance directive documents.  These forms are valid in every state when notarized and signed by two witnesses.

Advance Directive Samples

  • Aging with Dignity's Five Wishes document is an example of an easy to read and use advance directive, a template for recording one's medical treatment and preferences.
  • The Institute for Healthcare Advancement has made downloadable versions of the California Advance Health Care Directive available in several languages including Spanish and Chinese.


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