The Colorado advance directive form allows an individual (the “principal”) to appoint a health care agent and pre-determine which medical treatments and care methods they will permit. The health care agent is an individual who will be granted the authority to make medical decisions on the principal’s behalf in the event of their incapacity.
By recording their decisions regarding life-sustaining treatments, such as artificial nourishment and other medical interventions, the principal can ensure that their wishes will be respected even when they are unable to communicate. Furthermore, the principal will be able to state if they would like to donate organs and relay any special instructions that they would like included.
Agent’s Duties – § 15-18.5-103
Signing Requirements (§ 15-18-106(1)) – Two (2) Witnesses
Statutory Form – § 15-18.5-105
Statute – § 15-18.7-102(2)
“Advance medical directive” means a written instruction concerning medical treatment decisions to be made on behalf of the adult who provided the instruction in the event that he or she becomes incapacitated.