A Colorado Advance Directive is a set of written legal instructions regarding an individual's wishes and preferences for medical care that become effective in the events when they are unable to make decisions for themselves. If a patient does not have their health care wishes specified, these decisions can be placed in the hands of family members, doctors, or even judges, who may know very little about what the patient prefers. Download a ready-made directive through the link below or create your own form with our form builder.
There is a difference between an Advance Directive for Health Care and a Living Will in Colorado. The former comes into force in all cases when an individual is too ill to communicate or unconscious. The latter is a specific type of directive that takes effect when a patient is terminally ill and only lists decisions about life-sustaining medical procedures.
The form is defined by § 15-18-101 to § 15-18-113 of the Colorado Revised Statutes. Colorado law allows individuals to make Advance Directives through Living Wills, medical durable powers of attorney, do not resuscitate orders, Five Wishes, and other forms.