Be Prepared! Get Tips on Advance Care Planning

The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us that a medical crisis can leave a person too ill to make their own health care decisions. Advance care planning involves learning about the types of health care decisions that might need to be made, considering those decisions ahead of time, and then letting others know — both your family and your healthcare providers — about your preferences. These preferences can be put into an advance directive, a legal document that goes into effect only if you are incapacitated and unable to speak or make decisions for yourself.

An advance directive allows you to express your values and desires related to end-of-life care.

Find information and resources about advance care planning and health care directives.

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