A Living Will (a declaration as to medical or surgical treatment) gives specific instructions about the kinds of treatment and care you would or would not want at the end of life if you are unable to speak for yourself.
Power of Attorney
The following are documents that can help you through your end-of-life planning process. In addition to the Colorado Advance Directives form, you will find additional forms that can assist in your advance care planning process. You may choose to add applicable ones to your Advance Directives. You can download these forms to your desktop or laptop computer and fill them out with Adobe Reader. If you don't have Adobe Reader, you can get it as a free download here.
A written record of your healthcare intentions becomes critical to ensure that your wishes are followed when you are approaching the end of life and if you are unable to speak for yourself.
You'll need to consider some very important and difficult decisions and have extensive, perhaps challenging conversations with your loved ones. And then you'll need to make sure your Advance Directives are accessible to those who might need them.
Once you've completed your directives, be sure to give copies of the entire document to those you have designated as your agents (or medical powers of attorney), as well as your family, friends, clergy and health care provider(s).
A Living Will
Upon completing the Tomorrow's Choices workshop, you will have everything you need to complete your Advance Directives
A Medical Durable Power of Attorney appoints someone to serve as your Agent to act on your behalf if you are unable to speak for yourself due to illness or incapacitation.