Advance directives are to be done in advance, not when you are in a medical crisis.
Creating an advance directive involves taking time to think about what type of care you want or do not want and having a conversation about your wishes with your family, physician, and loved ones. Listed below are resources that offer assistance with advance care planning and advance directives.
- Appointments can be made for advance care planning conversations with staff and volunteers at the Center for Shared Decision Making Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.
- The Dartmouth-Hitchcock Aging Resource Center offers assistance to older adults in completing the appropriate forms for New Hampshire and Vermont. The Center is open 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and is located at 46 Centerra Parkway, 2nd Floor in Lebanon, NH.
The Honoring Care Decisions program provides free individual and group advance care planning conversations with a trained advance care planning facilitator. Please contact Honoring Care Decisions at 800-730-7577 to register for an advance care planning conversation or attend one of the regularly scheduled group conversations.
Download Advance Care Planning Documents
- NH Advance Directives:
New Hampshire Foundation for Healthy Communities: This foundation, based in Concord, NH, offers an array of health-related community initiatives for the state, including advance care planning resources. Download their "Advance Care Planning Guide" for all the necessary documents.
- VT Advance Directives:
Put It in Writing: Maintained by the American Hospital Association, this comprehensive site about advance care planning offers forms to download, reference information, a glossary of terms related to the process, as well as Spanish language content.
- U.S. Living Will Registry: This website is maintained by an organization that maintains electronic storage of advance directives. There is a one-time fee to register.
- Vermont Ethics Network: This site is maintained by a non-profit organization whose mission is to help people understand ethics and values as they relate to health care.