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Advance Care Planning

Advance care plan provides your family, friends, and health care team with information on your health care preferences and life-sustaining measures if there appeared to be little likelihood of your recovery.



Advance Directives: More than just living wills

Advance directives are legal documents that give family, friends, and health care professionals your preferences regarding end-of-life care.They include: Living Will, Medical or health care power of attorney (POA), and Do not resuscitate (DNR) order. They can also be referred to as health care directive, or a physician's directive.



Living Will


Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) Order


Power of Attorney



Each state has laws about advance directives. We have provided a list of Websites with links to all US states and Illinois forms. These includes:

Living Will Declaration Form, Power of Attorney, Do-Not-Resuscitate(DNR), Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment(POLST), and other forms.




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