Advance Care Planning

What is Advance Care Planning?

If you were in an accident or had a stroke and could not speak for yourself, what kind of medical care would you want? Advance care planning lets YOU CHOOSE the kind of appropriate medical care you would like.

Some things to think about:

  • What kind of medical care would you want?
  • Would you want to stay in your home as long as you could?
  • Is there someone at home who can care for you?
  • Could you afford to pay someone to take care of all of your needs?
  • Do your beliefs have an effect on the kind of care you would want?

How can I be sure my doctor knows my wishes?

As long as you can think for yourself you and your doctor can talk about your care and the treatments you would or would not like. You should also talk with your family and loved ones about your wishes. You can also write down your wishes on legal forms.

Legal forms for making advance directives

(you may download, print the forms, and complete them. Be sure that the completed documents are signed, witnessed and notarized.) These documents are provided as downloadable PDFs. Download Acrobat Reader

  • Health Care Power of Attorney (pdf)
    A form on which you can name someone else to help make medical choices if you are not able to do so. This could be a husband or wife, an adult child or a close friend or family member. You can also use this document to state what kind of medical or mental health treatments you do or do not want.
  • Living Will (Declaration of a Desire for a Natural Death) (pdf)
    A form on which you can specify the kind of care you want or do not want if you were near death or were in a coma. This can include heroic measures such as a respirator (a machine that helps you breathe) or other types of care such as artificial nutrition or hydration (food and water through a tube)
  • Advance Instruction for Mental Health (pdf)
    A form with instruction for mental health treatment that you would or would not want if you cannot make decisions for yourself.

Learn more about Advance Care Planning and Directives

To learn more about Advance Care Planning, call 252-744-3544 to talk with a social worker.

Resources & Links for Advance Directives