Advance Health Care Directive Registry
Please take the opportunity to let loved ones know your health care and end-of-life wishes by signing up for the Advance Health Care Directive Registry (AHCDR).
The Commonwealth of Virginia is offering this free and secure online registry to store documents that detail and protect health care wishes in the event a person is unable to speak for him- or herself; documents may include medical power of attorney, do-not-resuscitate orders and other health care wishes. This type of advance planning is intended to relieve the burden on family members and loved ones of making difficult decisions and ensure your wishes are carried out.
Without advanced planning, health care decisions are often left to family members when a loved one becomes incapacitated and unable to speak for themselves. The AHCDR relieves loved ones of that burden and ensures that those loved ones, as well as health care providers, know a person’s wishes and who they want making medical decisions for them. Through the registry, residents can also make known their wishes regarding organ donation.
* Legal Virginia residents without computer access can still be part of the registry by calling 800-224-0791 for help and more information.