An Advance Directive helps you make choices about your health care ahead of time. It can explain your wishes if you’re ever unable to speak or make health choices for yourself. It also says who will make choices for you if you cannot. Your doctor should talk about Advance Directives with you. It’s a good idea to give a copy of your directive to the doctor, the person acting for you and a family member. Take a copy with you when you go to the doctor or hospital.