Online Resources – Advance Care Planning

CONVERSATION PROJECT – Dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for advance health care planning. An initiative of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) which focuses on improving science and patient safety to advance and sustain better outcomes in health and health care across the world.



  • Put It In Writing – Brochure that answers questions on advances directives.
  • Wallet ID Card – This card alerts healthcare workers that patients talked to their family about advance directives and provides contact names and numbers. Simply print, then fill out the card and carry it in your wallet.

CENTER FOR PRACTICAL BIOETHICS – Free discussion guides on advance care planning.

PREPARE FOR YOUR CARE – A step-by-step program to help you have a voice in your medical care, how to talk with your doctors and prepare advance directives to have your wishes in writing.

COMPASSION & CHOICES – Care Resource Center for patients and caregivers.

CANCER CARE – Fact sheet on advance care planning.


AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION – Free resources, including a general form that serves as healthcare power of attorney and a living will.

NATIONAL HOSPICE AND PALLIATIVE CARE ORGANIZATION (NHPCO) – Resource page describing advance directives, choosing and being a healthcare agent and preparing your advance directives; PDF download of advance directives and instructions for every state.


  • The POLST Conversation – Providing a variety of resources to help educate patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals on the issues – both medical and deeply personal – surrounding the Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment.


THE LETTER PROJECT – This ethical will format helps empower and support all adults to prepare for their future and take the initiative to talk to their doctors, their friends and family about what matters most to them at life’s end.

MY FIVE WISHES – A project of Aging with Dignity, this secure on-line system allows people to document end-of-life preferences in a printable format.

ORGAN DONOR.GOV – Important information and answers to FAQs about organ donation and transplantation.

CONSIDER THE CONVERSATION – This documentary urges individuals and families to journey into the uncomfortable territory of end-of-life conversations.

RESPECTING CHOICES – Person-centered care for advanced care planning.

MY DIRECTIVES – Make your medical wishes known; upload, create/share or access.