The steps to discuss, decide, and document your preferences for future healthcare include:

STEP 1

STEP 2

STEP 3

STEP 4

Initial Conversation

Contact us and schedule your first meeting with a certified facilitator to start discussing your goals and preferences for future healthcare. Your facilitator will guide you through the process and help you identify a great patient advocate, as well as what’s important to you to live a good life. If you already know who you would like your patient advocate to be, they can attend this meeting with you.

Choose your advocate(s)

If you don’t already know who you would like your patient advocate to be, your facilitator can share with you what qualities to look for in a great patient advocate. You may want to talk to your potential advocates and have a conversation about what it means to advocate for you should you be in a situation where you cannot speak for yourself. Your patient advocate will need to sign a document agreeing to speak for you, and they can do that at home or they can come with you to a meeting with your facilitator if they have further questions.

Document your Preferences

Put your preferences for healthcare and the names of your chosen patient advocates in writing and make it legal by filling out an Advance Directive form. Your facilitator will help you complete it and ensure that it has the proper signature from you, your patient advocates, and two witnesses. Once the form is complete, make copies to give to your family, advocates and healthcare providers.

Register your Preferences

Register your document with Great Lakes Health Connect’s trusted and secure Community Health Record. Registering your document makes it available (only as appropriate) to a state-wide network of hospitals, primary, specialty, and allied care organizations. By registering your document, healthcare providers caring for you will have immediate access to your wishes.

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