Advance Healthcare Directives

National Healthcare Decisions Day

Reflecting on and sharing our future healthcare choices with loved ones is one of the greatest gifts we can give them. To support community members in taking this important steps, Hospice of Santa Cruz County will participate in National Healthcare Decisions Day, April 16th. This day of awareness and education focuses on encouraging everyone, including those who are healthy and in the prime of their life, to think about and write down their care treatment preferences before a crisis.

All events are free of charge. For more information or to make an appointment for a one-on-one advance directive consultation, contact Julie Boudreau at (831) 430-3078 or


Changing the Way We Die

Wednesday, April 16, 7:00 pm, Bookshop Santa Cruz

A community discussion with Sheila Himmel and Fran Smith, award-winning journalists and authors of the new book “Changing the Way We Die.”


Planning Ahead for Peace of Mind

Thursday April 17, 10:00-11:30 a.m., Live Oak Senior Center, 1777 Capitola Road

An educational forumon understanding wills and trusts, completing advance healthcare directives, and finding and choosing the care you want. 


An advance health care directive is a legal form that lets you make known ahead of time what kind of health care you want or do not want if you become too ill to speak for yourself. Although most health care providers agree that it is important for adults to have an advance directive, less than 30% of Americans have these forms.

Advance directives:

  • protect your right to accept or refuse medical treatment
  • make your choices known, and let you choose a person who will speak for you
  • help your family, by freeing them of the stress of having to make difficult decisions for you
  • help your doctor, by giving directions for your care

Download an advance directive form:

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Visit the online advance healthcare directive site: