For help with advance care planning, Carle offers the Respecting Choices® program to assist patients in making informed decisions about future healthcare needs.
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.
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 directives must be signed by a witness to be valid. Options for getting a witness signature while practicing social distancing include:
Advance directives can be added to your medical record in one of these ways:
We're happy to answer questions. Email us at ACP@carle.com or call your primary care doctor’s office to schedule a phone visit with a social worker or an advance care planning facilitator.
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