"Only the elderly and the sick need to think about future healthcare preferences"
Accidental injuries and illness can happen to anyone, regardless of age. Everyone 18+ should make their healthcare preferences known in case you are in a situation where you are injured or ill and can't speak for yourself.
Discussing your goals and preferences with your family and patient advocates and, documenting those wishes in a plan, ensures that your wishes are known, thus relieving the burden on others who may have to make difficult decisions on your behalf.
What ACP Means to You
Advance care planning is building the foundation for a lifetime of conversations to ensure that as your life unfolds your preferences for healthcare are known. 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 be updated and changed as needed, and should be reviewed anytime a major life change takes place.
Why You Need It
Adults who are well, even if managing a chronic illness, should proactively discuss, decide, and document their preferences for future healthcare.
No one can predict when you may become unable to make personal healthcare decisions. When you cannot speak for yourself, the health system’s default is to provide every treatment available to extend life.
Clearly communicating your preferences, values, and beliefs to your patient advocate, family, and broader healthcare system ensures that your preferences are known and can be honored.
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.