Advance Care Planning
Conversations about end of life can be very uncomfortable; you may feel awkward bringing up the topic with loved ones and your doctor. Nevertheless, it is vitally important that you make your wishes known through advance directives.
Advance directives cover a variety of documents including Living Wills, Healthcare Powers of Attorney and Do Not Resuscitate orders.
The most important step, however, is having conversations with loved ones so they understand your wishes and will honor them if you are unable to speak for yourself!
Depending on your age, general health, family situation, goals and values, your wishes regarding various types of medical treatment – or the use of life-sustaining measures – can vary dramatically at each stage of your life.
It is important that you:
- Make your wishes known in the event you cannot express them
- Assure your family understands your choices – before a crisis occurs
- Provide documentation that supports and explains your wishes to your doctor and loved ones
Each of these steps will empower your family to make treatment decisions that respect your feelings and values. Equally important, they will not be burdened by having to make those decisions, without your input, in a crisis situation.
Prevent confusion and undo stress – and assure your care is what YOU want it to be – by making sure your family has up-to-date information about your end-of-life wishes.
As members of the Advance Care Planning Coalition of Greater Toledo, we can offer assistance in understanding or completing advance directives. If you would like to download the necessary forms to complete on your own, contact Leading Age Ohio. To reach the local Advance Care Planning hotline, call 419-725-0523.
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