Advance Care Planning
What is Advance Care Planning?
We like to think that we will always be healthy, independent and able to
make decisions for ourselves; however things can change suddenly. We might
have an accident or a serious illness and no longer be able to speak for
ourselves. When that happens, doctors often turn to our loved ones to
speak for us. If your loved ones were asked, will they know what care
you would want?
Talking with your physicians and loved ones now will help you plan for
future medical needs, and is the best way to ensure that your medical wishes will be respected.
Even after you have made your wishes known, these wishes may change over
time. It helps to think of this as a process.
Keep in mind that other family members and loved ones need to understand
your wishes. Depending on how close they may be geographically or emotionally,
this can be challenging. The more those close to you are aware of your
wishes, the more likely those wishes will be carried out should an illness
or injury ever occur.
For more detailed information, please download our
Advanced Care Planning Guide.