Advance directives are legal documents that describe decisions about end-of-life care ahead of time. The following descriptions and forms are in accordance with the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services. We encourage every adult to complete Advanced Directives. For your convenience, you may print out the forms below.
Medical Power of Attorney Form – This document gives the person you name as your agent the authority to make any and all health care decisions for you in accordance with your wishes, including your religious and moral beliefs, when you are no longer capable of making them for yourself.
Statutory Durable Power of Attorney Form – This form is for designating an agent who is empowered to take certain actions regarding your property.
Out of Hospital Do-Not-Resuscitate Information & Order Form – This form instructs emergency medical personnel and other health care professionals to forgo resuscitation attempts and to permit the patient to have a natural death with peace and dignity.
Directive to Physicians and Family or Surrogates Form (also known as a Living Will) – This form is designed to help you communicate your wishes about medical treatment at some time in the future when you are unable to make your wishes known because of illness or injury.
DADS Living Will
1 (800) 633-4227
The official US Government Site for Medicare. To view nursing home information and ratings, please click here
Social Security Administration (SSA)
1 (800) 772-1213
SSA is an independent agency of the United States federal government that administers Social Security, a social insurance program consisting of retirement, disability, and survivors’ benefits.
Veterans Administration (VA)
1 (800) 827-1000
The VA system offers a array of benefits to veterans and their spouses and in some cases, this includes nursing home benefits. To apply for veteran aid or veteran’s aid for spouses, please click here http://www.veteranaid.org/apply.php
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
1 (800) 232-4636
The CDC serves as the national focus for developing and applying disease prevention and control, environmental health, and health promotion and health education activities designed to improve the health of the people of the United States.
1 (800) 424-3410
AARP is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to addressing the needs and interests of persons 50 and older. Site provides useful information and resources on topics such as: health and wellness; economic security and work; long-term care and independent living; and personal enrichment.
1 (800) 272-3900
The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research.
American Cancer Society
1 (800) 227-2345
The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, the ACS has regional and local offices throughout the country that support 11 geographical Divisions.
American Heart Association
1 (800) 242-8721
The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest, largest voluntary organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Recent data from the National Hospital Discharge Survey indicates that Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) is the most common hospital diagnosis for patients 65 and older and on the rise for others. CHF is a serious medical condition in which the heart cannot pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs. To learn more about heart failure, please click here http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HeartFailure/Heart-Failure_UCM_002019_SubHomePage.jsp
Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA)
1 (800) 445-8106
Founded in 1977, Family Caregiver Alliance was the first community-based nonprofit organization in the country to address the needs of families and friends providing long-term care at home. FCA now offers programs at national, state and local levels to support and sustain caregivers.
Meals on Wheels Association of America (MOWAA)
The Meals On Wheels
1 (888) 998-6325
Association of America (MOWAA) is the oldest and largest organization in the United States representing those who provide meal services to people in need. MOWAA works toward the social, physical, nutritional, and economic betterment of vulnerable Americans. As a national organization, MOWAA focuses on those issues that can best assist its member programs in achieving their individual missions of providing quality meals and nutrition services to as many vulnerable people as possible in the most efficient and effective manner, all “so no senior goes hungry”®.
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO)
1 (703) 837-1500
NHPCO is the largest nonprofit membership organization representing hospice and palliative care programs and professionals in the United States.