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Advanced Directives

You have the right to make your health care wishes known via documents such as a living will or a durable power of attorney (POA) for health care. These documents are generally known as an "Advance Directive" for health care. Such documents allow you to write down specific health care directives, especially regarding end of life treatments, and to name a substitute decision maker in the case that you loose the ability to make your own medical decisions.

In addition to AD documents, Illinois has a form called "POLST"  which stands for Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment, which is a signed medical order that  documents life-sustaining treatment wishes of seriously ill patients.

Statement of Illinois Law on Advance Directives (En Español)

Living Will Declaration Form - PDF (En Español)

Declaration for Mental Health Treatment Form - PDF (En Español)

Power of Attorney for Health Care, Illinois Statutory Short Form - PDF (En Español)

IDPH Uniform Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) Advance Directive - PDF (En Español)

IDPH Uniform DNR Advance Directive Guidance for Health Care Providers and Professionals - PDF (En Español)

IDPH Uniform DNR Advance Directive Guidance for Individuals - PDF (En Español)