Have peace of mind knowing that your goals and preferences, including end of life decisions, are documented and available to your family, patient advocates, and healthcare providers.
"My family will know what I want"
Unless you have had specific discussions with your family about end of life care, they may not actually know what you want.
Even when you have discussed your wishes with them, unless you have a document outlining those wishes, your family and patient advocates may still be unsure of what decisions to make on your behalf. Family members may not agree on what you would want, resulting in family disputes that can damage relationships and add chaos and uncertainty to an already stressful situation.
What ACP Means to You
Advance care planning for adults preparing for end of life is an opportunity to discuss, decide, and document what a good life looks like for you.
When you’ve taken the time to identify your goals and preferences for healthcare, including end of life decisions, you are more prepared and confident in communicating those goals to your healthcare provider, and they are better equipped to work with you to determine which types of care will honor your wishes.
Why You Need It
When you cannot speak for yourself, the health system’s default is to provide every treatment available to extend life, no matter the situation.
Advance care planning for adults preparing for end of life is an important tool to ensure that you, your patient advocates, and your healthcare providers are on the same page when it comes to your end of life care. Documenting your wishes in an Advance Directive can help set the stage for your doctor to write specific orders to ensure that your wishes must be followed by other healthcare providers as well.
READY TO TALK ABOUT IT?
We believe that every person should be empowered to advocate for their personal health by identifying their healthcare preferences and having these preferences honored by their healthcare provider. We can help you create your personal roadmap to plan for future healthcare decisions. It all starts with a conversation.