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What is Advance Care Planning?

Advance care planning (ACP) is the process of thinking about and discussing your wishes for future health and personal care decisions. It is preparing for a time when you are unable to make those decisions for yourself. Advance Care Planning is important for everyone; even young, healthy people can suddenly become sick.

Advance Care Planning includes:

  • thinking about what is important to you
  • choosing who will make decisions for you if you cannot
  • sharing your wishes regarding treatments, living situations, etc.
  • legal decisions, like assigning a Power of Attorney, creating a will or deciding on organ donation

Here are some resources to get you started:

We at the Family Health Team would like to support you through the ACP process.

We can meet with you and your family to help with

  • understanding advance care planning
  • explaining medical information, including diagnoses and treatments
  • linking you to community resources and supports

Other Tips

  • Keep your advance care plan in a safe place
  • Revisit your ACP whenever your life or health changes. Change it if your wishes have changed.
  • Share an up to date written copy of your advance care plan with your health care team and the people who are important to you.