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Purpose

No one can predict when a sudden illness or accident may occur, leaving a person unable to make personal healthcare decisions. Currently, far too many people enter the last stage of life without ever having a conversation about their preferences for end-of-life care, documenting those preferences, and informing loved ones or a patient advocate of their desires. Without a reliable, documented plan (advance directive), when a person cannot speak for himself the health system’s default is to provide every treatment available to extend life. When a patient’s wishes for care are known and have been honored, surviving family members experience significantly less anxiety, stress and depression. Thus, making your health care choices known is a gift that gives beyond one’s death.  

Making Choices Michigan, established in 2010, is a 501(c)(3) registered non-profit, community collaborative committed to helping people determine their end-of-life preferences, documenting those preferences in an advance directive (AD), developing a system for storing and retrieving the AD, and educating the healthcare community to honor a person’s AD to ensure that end-of-life preferences are respected.

Vision:

Creating a community culture where it is acceptable to talk about health care choices, including end of life, and to respect and honor those choices. 

Mission:

Encouraging and facilitating advance health care planning by the people of West Michigan.

 

Steering Committee

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