An Advance Directive is a way to put those on wishes on record for your family, your heirs, and your health care provider. Use an Advance Directive if: You want to spell out your health care wishes. The Advance Health Care Directive form lets you do one or both of these things. It also lets you write down your wishes about donation of organs and the selection of your primary physician.
Advance directive is the general term that refers to the various documents that could include a living will, instruction directive, health care proxy or health care power of attorney. A living will (or instruction directive) alerts medical professionals and your family to the treatments you want to receive or refuse. A health care directive is a written document that informs other of your wishes about your health care.
It allows you to name a person (" agent" ) to decide for you if you are unable to decide. It also allows you to name an agent if you want someone else to decide for you. You must be at least 18 years old to make a health care directive.