Once you complete your advance directive documents, you should share them with your health care agent, loved ones, physician, and hospital. If applicable, it is also important to share them with your nursing home or assisted living facility. Always remember to take a copy of your advance directive with you when you go to the hospital. It is important that everyone has an updated copy.
You can change your advance directive anytime. In fact, thinking about your wishes and documents often is important.
If you do change your mind, you will need to tell your health care agent, loved ones, physician, hospital, and everyone who has a copy of your advance directive. You can revoke your Advance Directive by destroying it; by writing to your physician that you want to revoke it (sign and date your communication); and/or by verbally telling your physician that you want to revoke it. Fill out a new advance directive with your current wishes. Give copies of the new form to your health care agent, loved ones, physician, and hospital.
Honoring Choices PNW can help connect you with trained Advance Care Planning Facilitators free of charge across the state of WA who can help answer questions as you fill out these documents.