Advance Care Planning means making important decisions about the medical care you want to receive if you are unable to speak for yourself, and doctors and family members are making decisions for you. This includes thinking and talking with loved ones about your end-of-life wishes.
Studies show that Advance Care Planning:
- Reduces aggressive treatments and hospitalizations
- Increases the likelihood that you receive end-of-life care in keeping with your wishes
- Lessens anxiety and stress for family members and loved ones
- Leads to improved access to palliative and hospice services
Advanced Care Planning shouldn’t wait until you are elderly or experience a health crisis. Everyone over age 18 should have plans in place.