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Advance Directive

There may come a time when you become unable to manage your own health care and a family member or other person close to you is making decisions on your behalf. By planning in advance, you can arrange now for your wishes to be carried out. An advance directive is a set of directions you give about the medical and mental health care you want if you ever lose the ability to make decisions for yourself.

Making an advance directive is your choice. If you become unable to make your own decisions, and you have no advance directive, your doctor or behavioral health provider will consult with someone close to you about your care. We strongly encourage you to discuss your wishes for medical and behavioral health treatment with your family and friends now. This will help to make sure that you get the level of treatment you want if you can no longer tell your doctor or other physical or behavioral health providers what you want.

Delaware has three ways for you to make a formal advance directive. These include living wills, health care power of attorney, and advance instructions for mental health treatment.

Forms You Can Use to Make an Advance Directive

You can find the advance directive forms on the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services website. The forms meet all the rules for a formal advance directive. For more information, you can also call 1-800-223-9074 or write to:

Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities
Delaware Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC)


Christiana Executive Campus
240 Continental Drive, Suite 101
Newark, DE 19713


Milford State Service Center
18 N. Walnut St., First Floor
Milford, DE 19963
Fax: (302) 422-1346


100 Sunnyside Road
Smyrna, DE 19977
Fax: (302) 223-1301


26351 Patriots Way
Georgetown, DE 19947

Long-Term Care Facility

Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill

100 Sunnyside Road
Smyrna, DE 19977
(302) 223-1000 or 1-800-223-9074

You can change your mind and these documents at any time. We can help you understand or get these documents. They do not change your right to quality health care benefits. The only purpose is to let others know what you want if you cannot speak for yourself. Talk to your Primary Care Provider (PCP) or call Member Services at 1-877-236-1341 (TTY: 711) if you have any questions about advance directives.