"My healthcare provider will bring up advance care planning when it's time."
Not every healthcare provider is knowledgeable or comfortable talking with patients about advance care planning. Sometimes, there is simply not enough time during an office visit to have the in-depth conversation about your goals that you deserve. Discussing, deciding, and documenting what a good life looks like for you before attending your next appointment prepares you to talk further with your provider about what treatments are in alignment with your goals.
What ACP Means to You
Advance care planning for adults managing serious illness is an ongoing dialogue between you, your patient advocates, and your healthcare providers.
The culmination of these conversations is an Advance Directive, a legal document that should be shared with your family members, patient advocates, and healthcare providers. This document can set the stage for your doctor to write physician’s orders to ensure that your wishes must be followed by other healthcare providers.
Why You Need It
Advance care planning helps prepare you for ongoing conversations with your healthcare providers.
When you’ve taken the time to identify what a good life looks like for you, 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 treatments will honor your wishes.
Identifying a patient advocate to speak on your behalf ensures that your wishes will be known and communicated to your healthcare provider should you lose the ability to speak for yourself.
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.