Advance directives and healthcare decision-making
Helping you plan for your future healthcare
We plan ahead for many things so they go smoothly. When it comes to your future healthcare, advance directives help you do just that — plan for the future. Advance directives are legally enforceable documents that specify your future healthcare plans. This advance planning gives you and your loved ones peace of mind, knowing you’ll receive the care you prioritize.
What is an advance directive?
An advance directive is a legal document that provides guidance to your healthcare team and loved ones on the types of care you want or don’t want to receive. Advance directives are also used to appoint someone you trust to make medical decisions on your behalf if you ever can’t communicate your wishes yourself.
You can create an advance directive at any time.
With advance directives, you can:
- Document your priorities and preferences for medical care
- Designate your healthcare preferences in advance so your loved ones don’t have to make difficult decisions on your behalf
- Designate someone to make decisions for you if you become unable to
- Experience peace of mind and a sense of control over some of life’s most important decisions
Types of advance directives in PennsylvaniaThere are two main types of advance directives in Pennsylvania. No matter what type of advance directive you’d like to create, our team is here to help you get started:
The Pennsylvania Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) form is another document that can communicate your priorities.