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Advance care planning

Start the conversation about how we care for each other.

Advance care planning focuses on making decisions about the care you would want if you were unable to speak for yourself. It’s about your loved ones and caregivers honoring your care wishes based on your values, goals, and preferences if you were to become seriously ill or in an accident. Selecting a healthcare agent who can speak on your behalf if you cannot do so for yourself means deciding what matters most to you and ensuring the person you choose is willing to take on this responsibility.

When selecting an agent, keep the following in mind. They must be:

  • 18+ years of age
  • Understanding of your goals, values and beliefs
  • Comfortable acting on your behalf, such as asking your care team treatment-related questions
  • Able to make healthcare decisions even if it is difficult or others don’t agree
  • Not your employer unless your employer is also your spouse or close relative

Complete an advance directive and give a copy of it to your advocate, loved ones, provider, and hospital of choice.

Complete an advance directive

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