Health Care Decision-Making

  • Health Care Decisions

Consumer Information

  • Making Medical Decisions for Someone Else: A How-To Guide (proxy guide)
    This publication describes in simple terms what it’s like to be a health care proxy, what to do while there’s still time to think about it, how to make the hard decisions, and where to get help.
  • Giving Someone a Power of Attorney for Your Healthcare (multi-state guide and form) 
    This booklet offers a simple durable power of attorney for health care, designed to meet the legal requirements in nearly all states.
  • Consumer's Tool Kit for Health Care Advance Planning
    This tool kit contains a variety of self-help worksheets, suggestions, and resources. There are 10 tools in all, each clearly labeled and user-friendly. The tool kit does not create a formal advance directive for you. Instead, it helps you do the much harder job of discovering, clarifying, and communicating what is important to you in the face of serious illness.
  • Health Decisions Resources
    This publication provides resource links to information on thinking about and discussing your goals and values, helping you draft an advance directive, helping health care agents do their jobs well, advance directive forms, advance directive registries, and general end of life resources.
  • Links to State-specific Advance Directive Forms
    This publication provides links to state-specific advance directive forms.
  • Sample HIPAA Authorization Form for Family Members/Friends
    This simple form allows you to give permission to health care and medical services providers and payers to disclose and release  protected health information to family or friends of your choice.
  • Health and Financial Decisions: Legal Tools for Preserving Personal Autonomy
    Information on powers of attorney, trusts, health care advance directives, living wills and other planning tools. 2005. Brochures are $1 each for 1-100 brochures (e.g., 50 brochures for $50) and 50 cents each for 100 + brochures.
  • Myths and Facts About Health Care Advance Directives
    by Charlie Sabatino, Bifocal, Vol. 37, No. 1
  • Family Conversations About End-of-Life Care
    Commission Director Charles Sabatino appeared on WAMU’s Diane Rehm radio show August 8, 2012.
  • In Your Hands: The Tools for Preserving Personal Autonomy
    Narrated by the late Helen Hayes, with an epilogue by her son, James MacArthur, this video addresses the legal aspects of planning for incapacity in a clear and positive way, and introduces four legal tools: durable powers of attorney, medical powers of attorney, living wills and trusts (1994).

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