Advance Care Planning Resources
There are many forms and resources available online. Here we provide links to those commonly used in the Washington DC region and Commonwealth of Virginia.
The Virginia Medical Advance Directive is available in many languages and is valid in most states. Residents of Virginia can upload a copy of the Advance Directive to the state registry, which emergency personnel can access when needed.
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that helps people 50 and older improve the quality of their lives. Their website offers numerous references and articles about caregiving and end-of-life.
The ABA Commission on Law and Aging is a collaborative and interdisciplinary leader of the Association’s work to strengthen and secure the legal rights, dignity, autonomy, quality of life, and quality of care of aging persons. They have many research and resources available for the public. One of their available documents for download include Making Medical Decisions for Someone Else.
Every year there is a National Healthcare Decisions Day held in April. This website is rich with resources to help you get started with Advance Care Planning all year long.
As You Wish Virginia Advance Care Planning program is dedicated to engaging the community in the awareness and understanding of Advance Care Planning and the completion of Advance Directives. As You Wish provides educational materials and a number to call with questions. CIAC provides As You Wish materials in our educational workshops.
Five Wishes is a an easy-to-use legal document written in everyday language that is accepted in almost all states and the District of Columbia. It is created by Aging with Dignity, a national non-profit organization with a mission to affirm and safeguard the human dignity of individuals as they age and to promote better care for those near the end of life. It costs $5 to purchase this document, which is available in dozens of languages. CIAC has purchased a limited number for participants in our workshops.
The Catholic Diocese of Arlington provides resources and the Catholic Advance Medical Directive form in English and Spanish.
The Conversation Project provides educational materials for free download on their website, including brochures, videos, and the Conversation Workshop Starter Kit.