Advance Care Planning
Advance Care Planning is a process to help you learn about medical treatments and prepare you for decision-making during a serious illness, by helping you communicate important values and preferences. It’s about getting the medical care that’s right for you or your loved one. We at in4MED use the Plan Well planning guide to help make this process easy for you.
This planning guide was developed by Dr. Daren Heyland, a critical care physician and researcher who has been studying communication and decision-making when patients are seriously ill for more than 20 years. Our goal is to help you understand the different types of medical treatments offered, and with knowledge, help you communicate what’s important to you, so that you can share that information with your loved ones and your health care team.
What would be important if you or a loved one became seriously ill? Sometimes this happens over a period of time, but sometimes it happens quite quickly. Maybe you are so sick that you are unable to communicate. But there could be medical decisions that need to be made about the care you might receive, and doctors may ask your loved ones what your preferences would be. Who would speak for you? And do they know what your values and preferences are? It's never too early to start planning!
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