Advance Health Care Directives

Contact Information

Guest Services
Phone: (650) 498-3333

The Health Library
Phone: (650) 725-8400

What is an Advance Health Care Directive?

An Advance Health Care Directive is a form which will ensure that your health care wishes are known and considered if for any reason you become unable to speak for yourself. Completing the Advance Directive will allow you, under California law, to appoint another person to be your health care "agent".

The "agent" will be able to make decisions about your medical care if you become unable to make these decisions. The Advance Directive will also allow you to write down detailed instructions about your treatments. Your doctor and your agent must follow the instructions detailed in the directive.

Where can I get an Advance Health Care Directive form?

For those patients who have been admitted to the hospital, advance care directives are available through Guest Services at (650) 498-3333. You may also pick up an advance directive from the Health Library at no charge.

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