Advance Care Planning

Advance care planning is about planning for the “what if's” that may occur across the entire lifespan.
—Joanne Lynn, MD

Though we don’t like to think about it, an accident or change in health can happen to anyone. That’s why it’s important for everyone, regardless of age or health, to have a plan that documents our health care wishes should we become unable to make important treatment decisions or communicate our choices. The best time to share these wishes in when we are healthy, thinking clearly, and able to participate in the conversation.

Where To Start

  • Thoughtfully consider what matters most to you
  • Make decisions about what kind of medical care and treatments you would or would not want
  • Choose a decision-maker who will speak for you if you are unable
  • Clearly communicate your wishes with your doctor and loved ones

Five Wishes

Five Wishes takes the guessing out of caring. It is a legal document that guides you through planning before a health crisis

Five Wishes is changing the way we talk about advance care planning. More than just an advance directive, Five Wishes brings a holistic approach to a living will by including an individual’s care and comfort choices. It provides a means to legally document your choices for medical treatment, comfort, and care wishes.

Completing the Five Wishes is a gift to your family, friends, and your doctor because it keeps them out of the difficult position of having to guess what kind of treatment you want or don’t want, and helps provide them with a peace of mind—knowing that they honored your choices.

Advance care planning gives us a way to have a voice, to make a choice as to what we want from the people who will make decisions for us if we are no longer able to.
—Lynda Anderson, PhD

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