Advance Directives/Living Wills

Aging with Dignity: Five Wishes - This living will is written in everyday language and helps start and structure important conversations about care in times of serious illness.  There is a charge for the document.

American Cancer Society: Advance Directives - The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.

Caring Connections: Advance Directives - The Caring Connections Web site was created by The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization to provide free, easy-to-understand resources. Here you can learn how to prepare and store your advance directive.  To download your state's advance directive, click here.

Cancer.Net: End-of-Life Care - This is the patient information Web site of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). It is designed to help patients and families make informed health-care decisions.  Advance directives, and understanding CPR and DNR are included with this topic.

HealthyNJ: Living Will/Advance Directive -   Links to valuable information on advance directives can be found here.

MayoClinic: Living Wills and Advance Directives - This site provides access to the experience and knowledge of the more than 2,000 physicians and scientists of Mayo Clinic.

Medical Society of New Jersey: Out-of-Hospital Do-Not-Resuscitate Form - This completed form will allow patients at home, through their physicians, to choose comfort measures over aggressive resuscitative attempts at the end of life.
This document is in PDF format and will require an Adobe Acrobat Reader for viewing.

MedlinePlus: Advance Directives - Developed by the National Library of Medicine, this consumer health site directs the user to selected online resources on many common diseases, conditions, and concerns.
Also in Spanish.

National Cancer Institute: Advance Directives - The NCI, established under the National Cancer Act of 1937, is the Federal Government's principal agency for cancer research and training.  Here you will find a fact sheet explaining advance directives.

 

Interactive Tutorials / Videos

Advanced Directives in Cancer Care : Get what you need - This video from NCCN talks about what the importance of forward planning during cancer care, ensuring that your needs are known, honored, and met.

Advance Medical Directives -  This educational video explains advance health care directives. It discusses the living will, the durable power of attorney for health care and other forms of advance medical directives.

Five Wishes Online Introduction - Five wishes online is a powerful tool that allows you to put your wishes into a documented format for future use.

National Healthcare Decisions Day - Learn about the importance of advance care planning.

Prepare - Prepare is a program that can help you make medical decisions for yourself and others, talk with your doctors, and get the medical care that is right for you.  This site is equipped with audio and there are many videos for you to watch.

TEDx Stanford- Advanced Directives and Living Wills - This informative video highlights the importance of planning ahead.

August 2014