Put It In Writing: Key Links

Put it in writing Key Links - resources for advance directives

Advance Directives by State


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.

National Organizations


State Links

Alabama Hospital Association

Advance Directive Resource Page

California Hospital Association

Sample Advance Directive available in English and Spanish

Colorado Hospital Association

Guide: Your Right to Make Health Care Decisions

Connecticut Hospital Association

Resource Page

Louisiana Hospital Association

State resources on Living Wills and Advanced Directives

Maine Hospital Association

Resource Page/Tools related to end of life care issues

New Hampshire Hospital Association

NH Foundation for Healthy Communities Resource Page

Ohio Hospital Association

Resource Page/Tools related to end of life care issues

The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania

Resource Page

Texas Hospital Association

Texas specific resources available in English and Spanish and What are My Options Resource Guide

Washington State Hospital Association

End of Life Educational Resources

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