Advance Care Planning
Advance care planning means making plans for when you get very sick. This might mean making decisions for when you are no longer able to speak for yourself. Everyone should have conversations with their family, loved ones, and health care team about what your preferences are. These conversations might include:
- Talking about life-saving treatments, like CPR, to bring back your heartbeat or use of a life support machine.
- Deciding what treatments you do or do not want.
- Sharing your personal values.
- Who would speak for you if you could not speak for yourself.
These conversations can be hard to have. But it's important to plan ahead. This helps you get the treatment that you want and need—not more and not less.
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- Making Medical Decisions for a Loved One at the End of Life, American College of Physicians
- When You Have Pain at the End of Life, American College of Physicians
- The Conversation Project, Institute for Healthcare Improvement
- Starting the Conversation About End of Life Care, AARP
- Advance Care Planning: Healthcare Directives, National Institute on Aging
- Advance Care Planning for Serious Illness, Administration for Community Living
- Health Decisions Worksheet, Harvard Health