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The Health Care Proxy Helpline

TO ENSURE THAT YOU HAVE A VOICE AT THE END OF LIFE, COMPLETE YOUR WRITTEN HEALTH CARE PROXY FORM TODAY. ACT NOW TO PREPARE FOR THE UNEXPECTED.

The Health Care Proxy Helpline is a FREE service created to provide support to New Yorkers as they complete the New York State Health Care Proxy form. In this time of COVID-19 running rampant in New York City, Long Island, and Upstate New York, making sure your loved ones know your exact wishes ahead of time is critical. When medical crisis arises and you can no longer speak or communicate for yourself, it is essential to designate someone you know and trust as your Health Care Proxy so that he or she can act as your Health Care Agent and communicate your wishes when the unexpected happens.

When you sign up for an appointment, you’ll have the chance to speak with one of our Advance Directive Advocates, who will guide you through the form, answer any questions you may have, and who can serve as electronic witnesses when you sign the form. Once you schedule your appointment, you can select a 30-minute counseling call, a 15-minute witnessing call if you have already completed a health care proxy form and only need it witnessed, or a 45-minute call that includes both services.

 

Please note that our Advance Directive Advocates cannot offer legal or medical advice, serve as your healthcare agent, or tell you what to write on your Proxy form. Only someone whom you know — whether a trusted friend or family member — may become your Health Care Agent.

 

Our Advance Directive Advocates are available to answer your questions about healthcare planning, including but not limited to the following:

What should I consider when writing down my wishes?

What is an advance directive, including the health care proxy form, and what does it mean for me to get one?

How do I document my medical wishes so my loved ones can know and honor them, especially if I become injured or too sick to tell them what I want and need?

How can I make sure that my doctor and care team will listen to someone I trust to communicate and honor my wishes?

How can I make sure the health care proxy form is filled out correctly?

The Healthcare Proxy Helpline was launched through a joint collaboration between End of Life Choices New York and The Completed Life Initiative. The Completed Life Initiative continues to run this free service.