Planning For The Future

What is Advance Care Planning (ACP)?

Advance Care Planning (ACP) is the process of planning for your future medical care in the case that you are unable to make your own medical decisions. ACP helps you in preparing for a sudden unexpected illness, from which you expect to recover, as well as the dying process and ultimately death.

What are Advance Directives?

Advance Directives are legal documents that protect your right to request treatments that you want and to refuse medical treatments you do not want in the case that you lose the ability to make medical decisions yourself.

Advance Directives for Advance Care Planning (ACP):

Health Care Proxy: A legal document that allows you to name a person in charge of making medical decisions about your care including life sustaining treatments.

Living Will: A legal document that becomes effective if you become terminally ill, permanently unconscious or minimally conscious due to brain damage. This document allows you to state your wishes about medical care during a situation that is deemed irreversible.


NYS Health Care Proxy Form

NYS Living Will

PA Advance Care Directive Form

Additional Out of State Advance Directive Forms

Preparing Your Advance Directives

Storing Your Advance Directives 

ACP Guides & Brochures

Advance Care Planning Booklet (In Spanish)

Are You Traveling Without A Map?  A Layperson's Guide to Advance Care Planning

ACP Brochure

ACP Support Resources

Four Quick Steps to Naming Someone to Speak4me

FAQ Understanding Advance Directives

You filled out your advance directive. Now What?


Interactive Tools to Assist in Decision Making

Should I stop treatment that prolongs my life?

Should I stop kidney dialysis?

Should I receive CPR and Life Support?

Should I have artificial hydration and nutrition?

Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (MOLST)

What is MOLST?

Medical Orders for Life- Sustaining Treatment (MOLST) is an end of life care program for New York State. This program is designed to create effective communication with Health Care Providers during serious health conditions.  A patient is ensured that they will receive the quality health care regarding decisions such as life-sustaining treatment and/or long-term care services and facilities.



NYS MOLST Form (In Spanish)

MOLST Guides & Brochures