Patients & Visitors

What is Advanced Care Planning?

Advance care planning involves an open discussion with your family and healthcare providers about your wishes should your health ever decline and you are unable to make your own decisions. It identifies what’s important to you, communicating those wishes to your loved ones and, often, completing advance directives.

Why is advance care planning important?

Whether we plan for it or not, death is an inevitable part of life. If you were in a car accident or became suddely ill and unable to speak:

  • How will the people caring for you know how to treat you?
  • Would your family and doctors know how you want decisions made about your care?
  • Do those close to you know your religoius and spiritual beliefs?

Considering your end-of-life wishes can feel  overwhelming. We often hear, "I've always been healthy," or "My family knows my wishes." Even if it is hard to talk about, it is bes tto have the conversation and make these decisions early.

Our team is dedicated to making sure your wishes are established, known by your family and providers, and followed through if a crisis occurs.