Making health care decisions if you are unable

Making important health care decisions now helps provide for a legal decision-maker or
documents to guide a patient’s medical care when the patient is unable to speak for
him- or herself.

Each year on National Health Care Decisions Day, Stormont Vail Health highlights the benefits of advance planning in personal health care.


Where Can I Go For More Help?

  • Stormont Vail Health’s “Helpful Forms” page from  includes copies of blank health care directive forms.
  • Advance Health Care Planning in Kansas” from Kansas State University is a 12-page packet of information and forms including the Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care Decisions, HIPAA Privacy Authorization Form,  Living Wills Declaration and Pre-hospital DNR Request Form.
  • Advance Directives from the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health MedlinePlus links to current information and resources on the topics.


Lissa Staley

Lissa Staley helps people use the library. She is a Book Evangelist, Trivia Emcee, Classics Made Modern book discussion leader, NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison, and frequent library customer. She loves her kids, being a librarian, living in Topeka, and helping people form connections and community. (She's the Community Connections Librarian!) She reads a new book every few days, but is enjoying the audiobook of "Empress of Forever" by Max Gladstone, the ebook "When We Were Magic" by Sarah Gailey and is eagerly awaiting John Scalzi's "The Last Emperox" in April!