You can speak up and have a say in your care.
Getting healthcare often involves choices that can impact your life and well-being.
Advance Care Planning (ACP) puts you in the driver's seat. It asks important care questions using two-way conversations and gives you space to make choices that are best for you.
Try one of these Carle resources to help you get started:
Email us at ACP@carle.com to learn more about this free service.
There are four important actions every adult can take to be prepared.
Consider your care choices and the things that matter most to you. The below questsions will help you decide on choices that are best for you.
Sharing your choices helps you to be in charge of your care at all times. By sharing with others, they will be informed and empowered to honor your wishes.
Choosing a healthcare agent is an important part of your care. This person is someone you trust to make your care choices when you can't speak for yourself. It's helpful to ask this person if they are willing to accept this role knowing it could be emotionally hard sometimes. You can pick more than one healthcare agent, but only one can be active in the role at a time. This role is also known as a Power of Attorney for Health Care.
Your choices are best communicated in an advance directive. We recommend completing a Power of Attorney for Health Care form. You might also choose to complete a Living Will form. The Power of Attorney for Health Care form is used to provide the name and contact information of your healthcare agent.
If illness prevents you from expressing your prefrerences, advance directives help keep you in charge by assuring your choices are communicated and plans can be made based on what is important to 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:
Click Advance Care Planning for Every Adult to download a printable version of this page.
In accordance with Illinois Public Act 102-0794, Carle Health will consider the presentation of an electronic device displaying an electronic copy of an executed form as proof of the health care agency.