Advance care planning assures your wishes are understood and communicated to healthcare professionals and your loved ones even when you aren't able to speak for yourself.
For help with advance care planning, Carle offers the Respecting Choices® program to assist patients in making informed decisions about future healthcare needs.
To get started, you may call your primary care doctor’s office to schedule a phone visit with a social worker or an advance care planning facilitator. You may also visit the Events page to find upcoming virtual advance care planning sessions.
Email us at ACP@carle.com to learn more about this free service.SEE ACP EVENTS
There are four important actions every adult can take to be prepared.
Some of the greatest gifts you can give those you love are preparation and honest conversations. The questions below will help you focus on your priorities, values and wishes.
Share your answers with your loved ones. They need to know your wishes in case they need to make medical decisions for you.
Choose a healthcare agent. This person should be someone you trust who can follow your wishes if you aren't able to speak for yourself. This person should be willing to accept this role knowing it could be emotionally difficult if they have to speak for you.
Complete an advance directive to assist your loved ones and healthcare providers. We recommend completing a power of attorney for healthcare. You might also choose to complete a living will. The power of attorney for healthcare is used to name your healthcare agent and provide contact information. If illness prevents you from expressing your wishes, this document states the person you choose to speak for you.
Power of Attorney for Health Care
Advance directive forms must be signed by an adult witness to be valid. A witness can be a neighbor or friend who is not related to you or your healthcare agent(s). A witness cannot be your healthcare agent(s), a family member, or a health care practitioner caring for you. A notary public may serve as a witness, but a notary is not required. Most banks and public libraries offer free notary services for those they serve. For more information, see the witness statement section on the Advance Directive paperwork.
Advance directives can be added to your medical record in one of these ways:
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