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Advance Care Planning

April 3, 2020
Imagine you were just in a car accident and slipped into a coma...Who will speak for you? Imagine your mother just had a heart attack and she isn't expected to recover...who will make decisions for her? Do you know her wishes?

You may have a terrible disease or injury. Do you know who will speak for you if you can't speak for yourself? We all hope to communicate until the very end, but it doesn't always happen that way.

It's time to speak up. Did you know that 92% of people say talking with their loved, yet only 32% of people have actually done this? 95% say that they are willing to or want to talk about their end-of-life wishes.

Without a plan your health care team won't know your wishes and your family may not know what to do.

You may ask yourself, "Am I doing the right thing?"

Advance Care Planning is about decisions. It's about conversations. It's how we care for each other.
v How do you make a plan? Think about what's right for you and what's most meaningful to you such as spiritual support, having family nearby, or just being at home. Name a Health Care Agent: Someone who can speak for you when you cannot. Make sure they know how you feel and can make decisions for you. If you can, put your wishes in writing.

What else?

Complete a Health Care Agent Form and bring it to your provider.
Talk to family members and friends about your wishes
Talk to your health care team

That's how we care for each other. It's time to start the conversation. Your health care team is here to help. Make sure your voice is heard.
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