What's an advance directive?

Who is this for?


If you’re a Medicare member, you can use this form to list your decisions on medical care, if a time comes when you can't make them for yourself.

You may not want to think about it, but there could come a time when you won’t be able to make important decisions.

Having an advance directive on file may make it easier for you and your family. This legal document lists your medical choices for your doctors to follow, if someday you lose the ability to make them for yourself. It also lets you pick someone you know and trust to make decisions for you if you can’t.

If you think you're ready to file an advance directive, talk to your doctor about the important treatment decisions you might have to make in the future. They can guide you through the process of choosing the right person to become your power of attorney so they can make health decisions for you.