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Advance Directives

What is an Advance Directive?

An advance directive includes:

  • a written statement of your wishes, goals, and preferences for your future health care 
  • a written choice of a healthcare agent to make healthcare decisions for you (also known as a durable health-care power of attorney, health care proxy or surrogate)
  • a written statement about other matters that may help your family or care team (e.g. music therapy, organ donation)

How can I make changes to an advance directive?

You can change or cancel your advance directive document at anytime. Simply complete a new form and replace all of the old advance directive copies with the new advance directive. You need to replace the forms at all locations such as those with your family members, doctor’s office, local hospital and healthcare agent. Taking time to tell your doctor and your loved ones about your new wishes is very important.

Helpful Links

Maine’s Advance Directive Form:
Advance Directive Form (PDF)

Get more information about Maine’s Advance Directive:
More information about Maine’s Advance Directive (PDF)