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Health Care Proxy and Advance Directives

Health care can require some very difficult decisions. In situations where you are unable to speak for yourself, a family member or other person will need to make decisions about your medical care. However, your loved ones can't act on your wishes unless they know what they are.

The health care proxy, MOLST, and advance directive (or living will) are three documents that allow you to give direction to medical personnel, family, and friends concerning your future care when you cannot speak for yourself.

Forms to Download

Health Care Proxy

A simple legal document allowing you to name someone you know and trust to make health care decisions for you if, for any reason and at any time, you become unable to make or communicate those decisions. Learn more and download the form.

MOLST (Massachusetts Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment)

A medical form that communicates your decisions regarding life-sustaining medical treatments. Learn more and download the form.

Advance Directive

Also known as a living will, this document states your wishes regarding end-of-life medical care, including the treatments you do and do not want. Learn more and see examples.

Resources for Advance Planning