Advance Directives

Appointing Someone as your Healthcare Decision-Maker and Making End-of-Life Choices

It is important to prepare in advance for end-of-life concerns and issues. You can take steps now to make sure your wishes about the end of your life are followed. Kentucky law recognizes your right to make choices about your medical care, including requesting and refusing treatment and asking that life-prolonging treatment be stopped.

You communicate these directions about your care - in case you may not be able to state your wishes later - through a document called an advance directive. In this legal document, you state your wishes about the use of life support machines and medical treatment. Others who you designate can use the document to make medical decisions for you.

More Information

To request a printed brochure about advance directives that includes the form for a Living Will Directive for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, for questions, or more information about how you can plan for an advance directive, please contact our helpline or email us.

Advance Care Planning Helpline 

Getting Started

Learn more about Advance Directives, as well as a Living Will Directive for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Or call the Advance Care Planning hotline.