Advancing Advance Care Planning in Colorado
Advance Directives in Colorado

Please be aware that what follows is just information, not advice. Every situation is different. For questions about your particular situation, please consult the appropriate qualified professional: healthcare practitioner, attorney, or estate planner. While the help of a lawyer is not required for any of these documents, low-cost legal assistance is available. Consult the Colorado Bar Association website (click on “For the Public” and “Legal Assistance Programs”).

More information about Colorado's advance directive documents as well as blank copies of the documents are available in the booklet "Your Right to Make Health Care Decisions," which is available here in English and Spanish

MEDICAL DURABLE POWER OF ATTORNEY

LIVING WILL

CPR DIRECTIVE

MEDICAL PROXY FOR DECISION MAKING

A Word About Advance Care Planning for Children and Teens with Serious Illness
Persons under the age of 18 cannot legally sign advance directive documents; their parents or legal guardians are responsible for their medical decisions.
When a baby, child, or teen faces serious illness, parents can meet with healthcare professionals and develop an advance care plan. Older children and especially teens can have a voice in putting together the advance care plan.

The plan outlines in writing the parents’/child’s preferences for care in case of an emergency situation or in cases where all treatment options have been explored.

If you are caring for a seriously ill child, here’s what to do: