Plan Ahead For Health Care
What is an advance directive?
Understanding Your Choices
NYS Health Care Proxy Form
Where to keep your Advance Directive?
A safe and confidential place to store your advance directive documents.
They can be seen when needed to assure your wishes are known and honored.
You have spent a lifetime caring for your family—working for them, worrying about them, taking care of them. There is one more thing you can do for them now: let them know your wishes for how you would like to be cared for in the future.

Most people today will live a long life. However, as you age, you may become less able to take care of yourself and less able to make your health care decisions on your own. What if you cannot speak? Will your loved ones know your wishes? Will your wishes be honored?

Advance care planning not only frees us from worry about how we are going to be treated, it also lifts a burden of responsibility from those we love. By taking action to plan our care in advance, we can give our loved ones peace of mind—not tough choices.

When your loved ones know what is important to you, much can be done to make sure you receive the health care you want. They can also help to ensure your health services are coordinated the way you want them to be. Sharing your wishes for health care is the best way to plan ahead to avoid stress and confusion.

Talking with your doctor will help you and your health care agent to understand the choices for care. Understanding your options helps ensure that you and your health care agent will make choices that will enable you to receive the care you want and to avoid care you do not want.
Important Information
What is an advance directive?

The most important thing you can do is plan ahead.
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