Advance care planning is making decisions about the care you would want to receive if you happen to become unable to speak for yourself. These are your decisions to make, regardless of what you choose for your care, and the decisions are based on your personal values, preferences, and discussions with your loved ones.
If you are in an accident or have an illness that leaves you unable to talk about your wishes, who will speak for you? You can tell your family, friends and healthcare providers what your wishes and personal beliefs are about continuing or withdrawing medical treatments at the end of life.
Advance care planning includes:
Decisions about end-of-life care are deeply personal, and are based on your values and beliefs. Because it is impossible to foresee every type of circumstance or illness, it is essential to think in general about what is important to you. Conversations that focus on your wishes and beliefs will relieve loved ones and healthcare providers of the need to guess what you would want.
This section will help you voice your decisions and plans to others about your care at the end of life.
Communicate Your End-of-Life Wishes
How to Talk with Your Loved Ones
What To Do If Family Members Disagree
How to Talk with Your Healthcare Providers
Talking with Others about Their End-of-Life Wishes
Are You Traveling Without a Map? A Layperson’s Guide to Advance Care Planning
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