Advance Care Planning
Planning in advance for decisions that will be made about your care, should you become unable to communicate your wishes, is not an easy topic, but it is a necessary one. Taking your preferences into consideration and speaking with a loved one, healthcare provider or a trusted friend, reduces the likelihood of under or over-treatment and ensures you will actively be taking part in your care at the time it is needed.
To help you get started on Advance Care Planning, here are some questions to take into consideration:
- If you become too ill to speak for yourself, who will speak on your behalf?
- What life-sustaining treatments do you agree to or refuse if the treatment is recommended?
- What are your facility preferences should medical attention be necessary?
Making decisions for someone else comes with a tremendous sense of responsibility. The goal of planning ahead is to relieve family members of having to ask themselves, “Did I do the right thing?”
If you or a loved one has questions about Advance Care Planning, visit the National Institute on Aging at http://www.nia.nih.gov.