Advance care planning
Gain peace of mind by making your wishes known.
Our top priority is you, your families and caregivers. These can be challenging times. That’s why we’re taking extra measures to offer you support and tools. An advance care plan is one way to make sure you your loved ones know what you want. If a sudden illness or accident leaves you unable to speak for yourself, your loved ones will know your preferences with an advance care plan.
Discuss, decide, document
Your plan doesn’t have to be perfect. It’s flexible and you can change it at any time.
It's the right time to start your advance care planning.
Here's how to get started
Who would speak for you if you couldn’t speak for yourself?
- Knows you well
- Is calm in a crisis
- Understands what you want
- Can ask questions and speak up for you
- Can reassure and communicate with your family
Who will be your advocate?OR
Your advocate should know your care preferences.
Things to talk about:
- What's important to you as a person?
- How should they know what you want?
- When to stop treatment and focus on comfort?
- What are the things that bring you comfort?
- What will you tell your advocate?
Give a copy of your plan to your family, doctor, and advocate.
What to do:
- Review it with your doctor
- Ask that a copy be put in your medical record
- Talk with your family and loved ones
- Revisit your plan as life changes
- Who do you need to include?
Frequently asked questions
Advance care planning is for everyone. Car accidents, crises and sudden illnesses can happen to anyone at any time. Every adult should have an advance care plan.OR
No. Any person can complete an advance directive, and conversations can happen in whatever time and place you’re comfortable.OR
Your plan is flexible and can change at any time. Revisit your plan with any life event. Remember that your plan only takes effect if you can’t speak for yourself. Until then, you’ll make all your decisions for yourself.OR
Doctors will typically honor an advance directive across state lines. If you move, it’s a good idea to create a document in your new home state.OR
It doesn’t have to be perfect. Once you choose an advocate, it might be easiest to think first about what you don’t want for yourself. You can build and think through it over time.OR