Advance Directives

End of Life Washington developed the combined Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care and Health Care Directive after years of committed research and development. It has been widely praised by health care professionals, advance planning advocates, and attorneys who specialize in elder law and estate planning. It is also endorsed by Sound Generations.

Our Advance Directive

The End of Life Washington Advance Directive:

  • Combines your Health Care Directive (Living Will) and Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care into one document.
  • Applies if you have a terminal or non-terminal medical condition.
  • Contains no anti-choice statements.
  • Includes an Alzheimer’s and dementia provision.
  • Uses very specific terminology regarding when you don’t want life-sustaining treatment and what other treatments you don’t want.
  • Allows you to place limits on how long you would remain in a coma or persistent vegetative state.
  • Offers an option of no life-sustaining treatment under any circumstances (for the very elderly, for instance).
  • Includes a statement requesting maximum pain and comfort care, even if it might hasten your dying process.
  • Remains in effect after death (for organ donation, disposition of remains).
  • Includes a provision stating that if a guardian is appointed for you, that guardian should be the health care agent you named.
  • Affirms a health care agent’s right to complete a Portable Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) form on behalf of the maker.
  • Allows consideration of every legal, ethical option.

Our Advance Directive

The instructions contained in this document will enable you to complete and implement your End of Life Washington Advance Directive.

Standard Version

Large Print Version

updated 7.24.23

Portable Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST)

A Portable Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) form (formerly called the EMS – No CPR form) is intended for any adult, 18 years of age or older, with serious health conditions.

The POLST form accomplishes two major purposes:

  1.  It is portable from one care setting to another.
  2.  It translates wishes of an individual into actual physician orders.

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Advance Directive for Voluntary Stopping of Eating and Drinking (VSED Directive)

Use this self-help form to fill out a VSED Directive. It expresses your end-of-life wishes if dementia or other progressive illnesses cause you to lose the ability to make your own health care decisions. This VSED Directive can be used anywhere in the United States.

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Thank You.

“End of Life Washington has the most comprehensive, easily understood Advance Directive I have seen anywhere. It addressed everything I needed, met my values, and was downloadable for free.”