Introduction to Your Colorado Advance Medical Directive
This packet contains a legal document that protects your right to refuse medical treatment you do not want, or to request treatment you do want, in the event you lose the ability to make decisions yourself. You may complete Part One, Part Two, or both, depending on your advance planning needs.
Part One. The Colorado Medical Durable Power of Attorney lets you name someone, called an agent, to make decisions about your medical care including decisions about life support if you can no longer speak for yourself. The Medical Durable Power of Attorney is especially useful because it appoints an agent to speak for you any time you are unable to make your own medical decisions, not only at the end of life.
Part Two. The Colorado Declaration is your state’s living will. It lets you state your wishes about medical care in the event that you develop a terminal condition or are in a persistent vegetative state. Your declaration becomes effective when your doctor and one other doctor certify that you have one of these conditions and you lack the decisional capacity to accept or reject medical or surgical treatment. Decisional capacity means the ability to provide informed consent to or refusal of medical treatment or the ability to make an informed health care benefit decision.
Part Three contains the signature and witness provisions so that your document will be effective.
Following your, Colorado Advance Medical Directive is a Colorado Organ Donation form, which allows you to set out your wishes regarding organ donation. This can be especially helpful if you have not appointed an agent in Part One of your Colorado Advance Medical Directive to communicate those wishes for you.
This form does not expressly address mental illness. If you would like to make advance care plans involving mental illness, you should talk to your physician and an attorney about a durable power of attorney tailored to your needs.
Note: These documents will be legally binding only if the person completing them is a competent adult (at least 18 years old).