Advance Directives protect you against medical and legal systems that may act on their own behalf and not necessarily yours. There are three basic forms of Advance Directives.
1. Living Will - Provides a statement of and evidence for your desires regarding end-of-life treatment.
2. Power of Attorney for Health Care - Appoints a person to make health care decisions for you if you are incapacitated. Can also be used to express your desires regarding end-of-life treatment.
The above two documents may be combined into a single document. You can download free copies of these Arizona-specific advance directive documents from either:
3. Pre-Hospital Medical Care Directive - The "Orange Form" which provides for "Do Not Resuscitate" in the event of cardiac or respiratory arrest outside of a hospital setting. WARNING: Unlike the other directives, this directive should only be used by those with little quality of life left. This form must be signed by your doctor.
A person who has a valid Orange Form may also wear an identifying orange bracelet on either the wrist or the ankle, similar to identification bracelets worn in hospitals. However, the orange bracelet itself, without the form also present, will not be honored. The orange bracelet only alerts rescue personnel to look for an Orange Form.
You may download a copy of the text for the Orange Form from the website of the Arizona Attorney General above, but to be valid it must be printed on orange paper.