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Advance Care Planning

Every patient’s choice for current and future healthcare should be respected and supported. We want to provide an environment where you can make fully informed, thoughtful decisions regarding your current and future care. We want to ensure every patient is able to:

  • Access programs, tools and resources to make those decisions.
  • Document those decisions.
  • Have those decisions respected and supported by their healthcare team and family and friends.

What is Advance Care Planning?

Advance care planning is the process of learning about the choices you have in relation to your future medical care, and how you want to be treated if you are unable to speak for yourself.

These discussions can be very different, depending on your current health. The process includes:

  • Learning about medical treatment options and the goals for those treatments.
  • Taking time to explore thoughts and feelings about life-saving or life-sustaining treatments, which can include talking with your family and healthcare team.
  • Choosing a healthcare advocate to represent your choices if you are unable to speak for yourself.
  • Putting your wishes into writing.

Services We Offer

Our advance care planning professionals are available to assist you with all aspects of your advance care planning, answer your questions, and guide you through the process. We provide:

  • Counseling services with a specially-trained physician, advanced practice provider such as a nurse practitioner or physician assistant, nurse, and social worker who guide you through the decision-making process and help you communicate your end-of-life wishes.
  • Legally-binding documents – advance directives, medical power of attorney, and/or a do-not-resuscitate order.
  • Choosing a healthcare advocate to act on your behalf regarding medical treatment in the event that you are unable to communicate.
  • Understanding treatment options with palliative and hospice care.