Advance care directives are legal documents in which you express your choices and wishes about end-of-life care in advance. They share your wishes with family, friends, and health care professionals in clear and simple language to avoid confusion later on if you are not able to speak for yourself.

Advance Health Care Directive Forms:


cccc-logo-2xCalifornia Coalition for Compassionate Care offers a standard form in English here; Spanish form here and instructions here; and Chinese form here. Free.


IAH2 Institute for Healthcare Advancement “Easy to Read” Advance Care Directives in multiple languages, click here. Free.



Advance Care Directive forms entitled Five Wishes. Available in multiple languages. $5 per copy.


CMA California Medical Association Advance Healthcare Directive Kit: For English click here, for Spanish click here. $6 per copy.


ABAAmerican Bar Association Advance Care Directive Guide: “Giving Someone a Power of Attorney for Your Healthcare.” Free.



For downloadable state specific forms from Caring Connections, click:  State Forms. Free.


Forms are also often available at no charge from your local hospital – call the Social Services or Patient Education department. Or ask your doctor.


POLST Information:

POLST (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Care) is a physician order that indicates specific types of treatment a patient wishes to receive at the end of life. For more information:


polst-logo-2xTo download California POLST information, click here.

To download California POLST forms in multiple languages, click here.