Do You Have an Advance Care Plan?
Are you among the 70 percent of Americans without an advance care plan? We take time to plan milestones in our lives, such as baptisms, graduations, weddings and anniversaries, yet many of us have not taken the time to discuss our health care wishes.
Advance care planning ensures that your wishes about your health care are known by your family, friends and doctors. This becomes especially important if you have a serious or life-threatening illness 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.