Advanced Health Care Directives

Updated Tuesday, June 6th, 2023

Advance Health Care Directives (AHCD) are meant to give adults control over their health care if there ever comes a time when they can no longer make choices on their own.

Because the form is supposed to reflect each individual’s preferences and wishes, there can be and really should be variation among the forms.  Several organizations, law firms, and individuals offer AHCDs, each having slightly different features.

CANHR’s form includes significant and unique limitations on a health care agent’s authority in Section 1.25 that should be considered carefully.

CANHR recommends that anyone filling out an AHCD review the choices with their health care provider and an attorney before executing the form.

For a referral to an attorney from CANHR’s State Bar-certified referral services, please go to CANHR’s Lawyer Referral Service Contact Form.