What is Advance Care Planning?

Advance care planning is thinking about what health care you might want in the future. This type of planning includes talking about, writing down, and sharing what is important to you. This helps others make health care decisions for you if
you cannot make your own decisions.

What is an Advance Directive?

An advance directive is a voluntary, legal way to write down your advance care planning decisions. You should share your advance directive with people who matter to you—like your health care agent and loved ones—and your health care providers, clinic, and hospital. An advance directive should be updated regularly. All adults 18 and older can complete an advance directive.

Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest Advance Directive

Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care (DPOA-HC)

Overview + DPOA-HC

This full length DPOA-HC advance directive is for naming and preparing a health care agent. This form includes sections to share your goals, values, and preferences to guide your health care agent in making future health care decisions for you. This advance directive includes an overview guide to aid in the completion of the document. This form is valid in Washington State only.

Click here to download both the Overview and DPOA-HC Advance Directive

Additional Honoring Choices PNW advance directive documents available below for download. 

Next Steps

  • Once you complete your advance directive

    Talk about your wishes and give copies of your advance directive to the people who matter to you—like your health care agent and loved ones —and your health care providers, clinic, and hospital. If it applies, consider sharing copies with your nursing home or assisted living facility too. It is important that everyone has a copy.

  • If there are changes to your advance directive

    Making changes to your advance directive is common and will happen periodically. When you make changes to your advance directive tell everyone who has a copy, including your health care agent, loved ones, health care providers, clinic, and hospital. You can revoke or void your advance directive at any time. You will need to tell your health care provider that you want to revoke it either by writing them a letter (make sure to sign and date it) or by verbally telling them. It is important to complete a new advance directive. Be sure to give copies of the new advance directive to the people who matter to you—like your health care agent and loved ones—and your health care providers, clinic, and hospital.

  • Organ, tissue, and eye donation

    If you want to be a donor, please tell your health care agent, family, and health care providers. You can record your organ, tissue, and eye donation wishes at www.registerme.org.

    More information about organ, tissue, and eye donation is available at www.donatelife.net.

  • Funeral planning

    Honoring Choices PNW trusts People’s Memorial Association as a resource and thought leader for funeral choice, education, and advocacy in Washington State.

    The People’s Memorial Association website has information on documenting your funeral choices, like designating a specific person to direct your funeral arrangement and the disposition of your remains.

  • Assistance with advance care planning

    Honoring Choices PNW is here to help with your planning. To find a local resource to help you with advance care planning visit: www.honoringchoicespnw.org/locations or contact us at info@honoringchoicespnw.org.