Who would make your health care decisions if you were too sick to speak for yourself?

Planning Ahead

Communicating your end-of-life wishes to your loved ones or appointing a health care representative are important steps that can be taken to ensure you get the medical care you want when you cannot make decisions for yourself. Advanced Directives are legal documents that allow you to convey decisions about end-of-life care ahead of time. Advanced Directives help avoid confusion so that you can refuse or request the medical treatment you want.

Examples of issues to address:
  • Under what conditions you would want to be resuscitated
  • Tube feeding
  • Use of dialysis
  • Organ or tissue donation
Advance Directive Flier English / Español (PDF) provides directions on your next steps
Health Care Proxy English / Español (PDF) allows you to appoint someone to make health care decisions for you if you lose the ability to make decisions for yourself
Living Will English / Español  (PDF) lets you state your wishes for life sustaining treatment, resuscitation and end of life care
Non-Hospital Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) Order acknowledges to health care providers not to revive you if you stop breathing or your heart stops.

Helpful links:

Go back to MetroPlus Managed Long-Term Care (MLTC) page.