Do the paperwork
Once you’ve thought and talked withloved ones about your healthcarewishes, it’s time to put them in writing.Begin with a personal directive, a legaldocument that lays out what you wantfor healthcare in the future. It alsoidentifies your agent—the person whowill make healthcare decisions onyour behalf.
You’ll also need a goals of caredesignation, a medical order withinstructions for your healthcare team.These documents come in a specialfolder called a Green Sleeve. Add otherdocuments that detail your healthcarewishes, and keep it near your fridgeso emergency workers can find it ifnecessary.
Also, bring your Green Sleeve whenyou go to the doctor, or if you’readmitted to hospital or another facility.It moves with you through thehealthcare system so that healthcareproviders always know yourwishes. To get a Green Sleeve, visit
A Green Sleeve foldercontains importantinformation thatfollows you as youmove through thehealthcare system