Write a plan to make your health care wishes known.

If you were unable to communicate your wishes about your health care, would your loved ones know exactly what you want – or don’t want – when it comes to treatments and measures to preserve your life? Who would you want to speak for you about your preferences if you were unable?

“Advance Directives” is a term used for the written instructions a person creates to convey their wishes regarding medical treatment if they’re unable to express decisions themselves.

The directives often contain signed, witnessed and legally binding documents, including:

Living Will

A document that lets you state you wishes for end-of-life medical care in case you become unable to communicate your decisions.

KY Living Will Directive and Health Care Surrogate Designation

Assigns an agent to make health care decisions for you if you’re not able. Get more information about the KY Living Will Directive and Health Care Surrogate Designation.

Emergency Medical Services - Do Not Resuscitate (EMS - DNR)

Instructs medical personnel to withhold treatments for revival if your heart stops beating or you stop breathing. Get more information about EMS - DNR. 

Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment (MOST)

A sheet that interprets medical decisions into medical orders based on the preferences of Kentucky patients with a progressing serious illness or from a previously prepared Advance Directives document. Get more information about Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment (MOST).


Plan your end-of-life care well in advance and share your plan with your loved ones, your physician and your attorney before a health care crisis happens. Contact Bluegrass Care Navigators℠ if you would like assistance with creating Advance Directives.