[Health Care Directive] California

[Health Care Directive] California

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  • Using these Materials

    BEFORE YOU BEGIN

    1. Check to be sure that you have the materials for each state in which you may receive health care.

    2. These materials include:
    - Instructions for preparing your advance directive, please read all the instructions.
    - Your state-specific advance directive forms, which are the pages with the gray instruction bar on the left side.

    ACTION STEPS

    1. You may want to photocopy or print a second set of these forms before you start so you will have a clean copy if you need to start over.

    2. When you begin to fill out the forms, refer to the gray instruction bars — they will guide you through the process.

    3. Talk with your family, friends, and physicians about your advance directive. Be sure the person you appoint to make decisions on your behalf understands your wishes.

    4. Once the form is completed and signed, photocopy the form and give it to the person you have appointed to make decisions on your behalf, your family, friends, health care providers and/or faith leaders so that the form is available in the event of an emergency.

    5. California maintains an Advance Directive Registry. By filing your advance directive with the registry, your health care provider and loved ones may be able to find a copy of your directive in the event you are unable to provide one. You can read more about the registry, including instructions on how to file your advance directive, at http://www.sos.ca.gov/ahcdr/forms.htm.

    6. You may also want to save a copy of your form in an online personal health records application, program, or service that allows you to share your medical documents with your physicians, family, and others who you want to take an active role in your advance care planning.