NY Health Care Proxy Helpline

The Health Care Proxy Helpline is a free service to support New Yorkers in completing their Health Care Proxy form. Our advocates are available to answer your questions.

A resource by End of Life Choices New York

The Health Care Proxy Helpline is a free and confidential service launched to educate and supported New Yorkers in completing the New York State Health Care Proxy form. Our Advance Directive Advocates are available to answer your questions about healthcare planning, including but not limited to the following:

  • What is an advance directive, including the health care proxy form, and what does it mean for me to get one?
  • What should I consider when writing down my wishes?
  • 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?

You can click here to make an appointment with an Advance Directive Advocate. Virtual witnessing of the form is also available, free of charge.

For more information visit our website or contact us at help@endoflifechoicesny.org or 212-726-2034.

This service is offered in collaboration with The Completed Life Initiative.

Our Inspiration

COVID-19 has made advance directives more important than ever. However, the Health Care Proxy Form (a type of advance directive) required two physical witness signatures in order to become valid- an impossibility during the time of social distancing. End of Life Choices New York successfully advocated for Governor Cuomo to issue an executive order permitting electronic signatures and audio-visual witnessing. But we didn't stop there. End of Life Choices New York began collaborating with The Completed Life Initiative to ensure all New Yorkers have the support they need to complete the form. As a result, the Health Care Proxy Helpline was launched to provide information and support, and offer virtual witnessing so the form can be entirely completed. With this service, New Yorkers have the support they need to appoint someone they trust to make medical decisions for them if they lose the ability to make their own decisions...making sure their health care wishes are known and honored.
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