Do you have an advance care plan?

Advance care planning ensures your wishes are known by your family, friends and doctors. This becomes especially important if you ever have a serious illness or injury and are unable to communicate.

Advance care planning can help you

  • Understand your treatment options
  • Define your health care goals
  • Weigh your options about the care and treatment you may want
  • Choose a health care agent and/or complete an advance directive
    • Your health care agent is the person you choose to speak for you if you become injured or ill and unable to communicate.
    • An advance directive lets loved ones or a doctor know your wishes regarding medical treatment. It often includes a living will.

More information about advance care planning in available online

Source: UW Health Patient Guides, “Make Your Own Health Care Choices”, (accessed June 23, 2022), available at

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