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What to know about advance directives

Advance planning can be as simple as naming a healthcare power of attorney, or more detailed. Find free forms for creating directives here.

Types of directives

  • A durable power of attorney for healthcare (POA) names a person to make healthcare decisions when a patient cannot make these decisions for themselves
  • A living will specifies types of care a patient would or would not want to receive if unable to communicate decisions
  • Experts generally agree that POAs are useful, but there is less agreement about the value of living wills


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