Advance Care Planning

It is never too early to start planning for your future healthcare needs. Decisions are best made when you can take the time to discuss your options with your doctor, family and loved ones. The process includes putting your wishes in a written document called an advance directive.

Advance Directives

Advance Directives are written legal documents that let your end of life wishes be known in the event you are unable to communicate. They are made up of two things:

  • Living Will - A statement indicating what kind of medical treatments you do and do not want to receive.
  • Medical Power of Attorney (MPOA) - A written statement designating another person to make medical decisions for you if you are unable to make them for yourself.

Planning Ahead

Discuss your wishes with doctor, family and loved ones well in advance. Make sure your advance directives are up-to-date and revisit them frequently. Consider looking into memorial or funeral planning as well. These may be hard topics to discuss, but planning ahead can relieve anxiety and confusion for your loved ones. 

Downloadable Resources

Understanding Advance Directives (PDF)
Legal Guide for the Seriously Ill (PDF)
Conservations Before the Crisis (PDF)
Communicating End-of-Life Wishes (PDF)