Advance care planning helps you communicate your wishes for medical treatment should you become unable to make health care decisions for yourself. It’s thinking about, talking through and making choices based on your own personal goals, values and healthcare preferences.
Planning ahead gives you time to really consider your personal values and preferences. And time to discuss them with your loved ones before a crisis hits. Advance care planning communicates, clarifies and puts your wishes in writing.
There are several ways you can put your wishes in writing, one document called an Advance Directive, is recommended for any person aged 18 and older.
An advance healthcare directive allows you to state your preferences for medical treatments and select someone to be your healthcare agent. Your healthcare agent will make your healthcare decisions in case you're unable, or you’d prefer someone else, to do so.
Here's how to complete an advance directive:
Advance Directive Documents:
Our trained facilitators are available to meet with you and guide you through the advance care planning process as part of our Respecting Life Choices program.
Call (559) 459-7210 to make your advance care planning appointment.