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Advance Care Planning

For help with advance care planning, Carle offers the Respecting Choices® program to assist patients in making informed decisions about future healthcare needs.

Your primary care provider's office has certified advance care planning facilitators who will have a conversation with you to help you think about, discuss and document your wishes for medical treatment based on your personal goals, values and preferences. They will help you understand possible future healthcare situations and the impact of your decisions. Advance care planning assures your wishes are understood and followed by health care professionals and your loved ones even when you are unable to speak for yourself.

During your appointment, you will be able to complete an advance directive, such as a healthcare power of attorney or living will. The person you choose as your potential healthcare agent is encouraged to join you at the appointment if they are available. Advance directive documents completed during your appointment will be added to your medical record. You can change your advance directives at any time and meet with a facilitator as often as needed.

There are no fees or copays for meeting with a facilitator. Carle believes advance care planning is an important part of routine care.

If you already have advance directives, please bring a copy to your next appointment at Carle to have it added to your medical record. Patients may also upload their documents through MyCarle.

Contact your primary care office to request a free appointment with an advance care planning facilitator.