You and your needs are unique. Check out this page for tailored advance care planning resources. Whether you are looking for information to lead your community, care for your child or loved ones, speak Spanish, are a Veteran, or are curious we are here to help.  The links below can help guide conversations, provide resources, and connect you with others in the community.

I need an Advance Directive in Spanish.
I’ve been diagnosed or care for someone with Dementia/Alzheimer’s.

It’s very important that people with memory issues make their own decisions while they can. The advance directives remain the same. Learn more about ways to ensure you or your loved one’s wishes are discussed, legally written down, and carried out.

Discussing your wishes in the midst of Alzheimer’s

For the Caregiver - Planning Ahead

For the Caregiver - Your Conversation Starter Kit: For Families and Loved Ones of People with Alzheimer's Disease or Other Forms of Dementia

For the Caregiver - End-of-Life Decisions: Honoring the Wishes of a Person with Alzheimer's Disease

I am a Veteran.

Thank you for serving our country! Learn more about unique advance care planning documents for veterans.

In the VA health care system, in a medical crisis, the doctors will speak with your next of kin. It is important to complete a Medical Durable Power of Attorney form to select the person you want to speak on your behalf, unless you want the default selection process in the following order of priority: Health Care Agent; legal guardian or special guardian; next-of-kin (the next-of-kin is a relative, 18 years of age or older, in the following order of priority: spouse, adult child, parent, sibling, grandparent, and grandchild); close friend.

VA Advance Care Planning

Life-Sustaining Treatment Decisions Initiative

VA Geriatrics and Extended Care

I am LGBTQI.

While the documents remain the same, learn more about the importance of conversations and writing down your wishes.

Considerations

The Families We Create

I am from out of state.

Welcome to Colorado! Check out the Roadmap for documents and information pertaining to Colorado. Also consider discussing any previous out-of-state documents with a medical provider or legal representative. We encourage you to bring copies of advance directive documents to your current healthcare providers.

I care for healthy aging adults.

You are playing an essential role in the care of an older adult. You can find appropriate Colorado-specific advance directives on the Roadmap. Learn how you can prepare yourself for your caregiving role and help with advance care planning.

Prepare Guide

I have a child with a serious illness.

Learn strategies and testimonies of an extremely difficult conversation.

Child Conversations

I need to talk to my adult children.

Read about talking with adult children about your plans for final years of life in a sample chapter from the book “The Other Talk” by Tim Prosch.

The Other Talk

I care for an adult who is unable to make decisions for themselves.

Learn about guardianship and how it coincides with advance care planning.

Guardianship Alliance of Colorado

I care for someone with psychiatric needs.

Colorado does not have specific Psychiatric Advance Directive forms. Learn more here.

Psychiatric Advance Directives

I am a leader of a faith community.

Learn more on how to have advance care planning conversation with those you lead in your faith community.

Faith Leader E-book

I want to know more about the MOST form.

The Colorado Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment (MOST) form has medical decisions about certain life sustaining treatments. This form is not for all people. This document is intended for individuals with serious illness or frailty. It is best to talk about this with your provider.
This form requires a signature from a Medical Doctor (MD), Advanced Practice Nurse (APN), or a Physicians Assistant (PA)
For more information about the Colorado MOST Program, please visit the Colorado Advance Directives Consortium

Colorado MOST Form

I want to find resources at my own healthcare organization.

Learn more about advance care planning where you receive medical care.

UCHealth

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Centura Health

Denver Health

SCL

Banner Health

Kaiser

HealthONE

I have questions about palliative care or hospice.
What if I'm currently in the hospital.

For some individuals, the need for advance care planning may be immediate. If you find yourself in a hospital and are in need of advance care planning documents, the roadmap may be a helpful place to start. Most hospitals can also provide you with advance care directives that can be filled out while you are hospitalized.

 

I’ve always been interested in taking care of my family. We had just moved here back in 2003 to start a business and my wife’s father had just passed away about six months before, and we both sat around and said, “well, he would really be up for us to really update our wills.” We already had that set up in Missouri where we lived but we decided we probably need to update our wills and get these living documents together.

– A 65 year old man from Denver with Parkinson’s disease