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Advance Care Planning (ACP) has two goals: to make sure your healthcare wishes are expressed and honored by using advance directives, and to give a gift to your family and loved ones. It provides them with critical information and confidence needed for future decisions.
There are four common considerations: 1. Educate: It’s never too soon to learn
about advance care planning.
2 Prepare: It’s better to prepare ten years
too early than one day too late.
3. Communicate: Tell others why you have
decided to begin the conversation and documentation and confirm that they are willing to accept the roles you may be asking of them.
4. Act: Carry out the necessary steps to put the plan in place and inspire others to do the same.
ACP is sometimes an ongoing process of conversations between you, your family and loved ones, and your healthcare providers. Ultimately, your plan will include the commu- nication and documentation of your values, be- liefs, and wishes for future and final healthcare treatments.
ACP includes all types of care you would or would not want to receive if you are unable
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to communicate your choices on your own at that time. Further, the documents can change overtime if your wishes change. Take the time to be sure others know about the changes and are not surprised in the end causing distress and potential rivalry between surviving loved ones.
When developing your plan consider the following common phrases used:
Advance Directive: A legal document that states the medical treatments and/or life-sus- taining measures you would or would not want should an end-of-life situation occur and you are unable to communicate your choices. It is your written healthcare plan.
Do Not Resuscitate Order (DNR): A medical order obtained through your physi- cian, the DNR indicates you do not want to receive resuscitation attempted if your heart or breathing stops.
Guardian: A person who is appointed to act on your behalf if you are unable to make your own end-of-life care decisions and there are no other people able or available.
Healthcare Power of Attorney: A legal document you prepare that names another person to be your healthcare decision-maker when you are unable to communicate your own choices. It only goes into effect if you are unable to make your own decisions.
Revoke/Revocation: To put an end to
or discontinue an advance care planning document. Revocation processes can include destroying the forms or creating a new form. If you do revoke an ACP document, it should be communicated to your healthcare agents and providers.
Surrogate/Proxy: A person with the ability and authority to make healthcare-related decisions on your behalf. This person could be your next of kin, an appointed representative, or your Healthcare Power of Attorney (if the form is in place).
Other Documents: There are other documents that can be a part of the conversation, including but not limited to –
• Organ, eye, and tissue donation registration • Donation of remains for research
• Advance Instruction for Mental Health
• Healthcare-related insurance coverages
• Funeral, memorial service, burial/cremation
• Financial Power of Attorney • Estate planning / Will /Ttrust
Publisher’s note: This is not intended to be legal advice. For more information visit http:// Directives_Website_503870_7.pdf. To complete your documentation be sure to consult with your elder law attorney.
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