Types of Advance Directives
This is the most popularly known type of advance directive. It relates only to end-of-life issues. A Living Will goes into effect when you become incapacitated (unable to make decisions) and when your physician has diagnosed you with a terminal illness, in an end-stage condition, or in a permanent vegetative state. Learn more about Living Wills.
As with the Living Will, this type of advance directive goes into effect when you become incapacitated. Unlike the Living Will, however, the Health Care Surrogate may be used to deal with any illness situation in addition to end-of-life issues. As a result, its scope is broader than that of a Living Will. It also permits you to appoint a specific person (surrogate) who will make decisions on your behalf as well as a backup surrogate if you wish. Learn more about Health Care Surrogates.
This type of advance directive is essentially the same as the Health Care Surrogate, except it requires notarization.
A Do-Not-Resuscitate Order
(DNR), a Do-Not-Intubate Order (DNI), or Organ Donation commitments are also advance directives that can stand alone. For our purposes, each can be included in one of the three types of ADs discussed above.The DNR, DNI, and Organ Donation are discussed in the section about information you should put into your AD.
Advance Directive Packet
- Advance Directive Packet (PDF)
- Paquete de Directivas Anticipadas (Español)
- How to add your Advance Directive to your medical record (DOC)
Advance Directive Forms
- Anatomical Donation (PDF)
- Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) Order (PDF)
Important! In order to be legally valid this form MUST be printed on yellow paper prior to being completed. EMS and medical personnel are only required to honor the form if it is printed on yellow paper.
- Health Care Surrogate (PDF)
- Living Will (PDF)
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Volunteer Speakers Bureau
We are seeking health care practitioners who are interested in assisting others in learning more about advance directives.
Volunteers will raise awareness and educate the general public about advance directives by speaking in group settings, or one-on-one with patients and family members.
Contact: Lindsay Krieg, Director of Volunteer Services, at (352) 265-0360.
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