Advance Directives are legal documents that give direction to medical staff regarding your choices for care in situations where you might be unable to advocate for yourself. Below are some very useful resources to help you get your ducks in a row.
Questions & Answers on Living Wills Excellent information regarding Directives to Physicians from Columbia Legal Services
Questions & Answers on Powers of Attorney Excellent information regarding Powers of Attorney from Columbia Legal Services
End of Life Washington Advance Directive A very thorough and comprehensive Advance Directive that combines the Directive to Physicians along with Power of Attorney for Health Care.
Five Wishes An Advance Directive which provides for plain language conversation about end of life choices.
POLST – Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment A Washington State document to be discussed with your physician regarding your wishes for resuscitation and treatment.