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There are two types of advance directives:

Appointment of an Agent

You may authorize another person, such as a spouse, child, or friend, to be your “agent” or “proxy” to make decisions for you if you become incapable of making informed healthcare decisions for yourself. You can also specifically tell your agent what kinds of care you do and do not want. This authorization is, in legal terms, often called a “Power of Attorney for Healthcare.”

Written Health Care Directive

You may also state what kinds of healthcare you want or do not want if you are determined to be unable to express your own wishes. These instructions are often referred to as a “living will.”

At Honoring Choices® Virginia, we use a form known as the “Virginia statutory form.” This document was created by the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association and the Virginia State Bar, and is therefore easily recognized by emergency providers as a legally valid document.

There are a number of other forms that may be appropriate given your individual goals:


Additional Resources

Virginia resources:

National resources:

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Is your community group interested in learning how to plan for future medical decisions? Honoring Choices® Virginia offers advance care planning presentations to community organizations in the Greater Richmond area.

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