Making an End-of-Life Care Plan
Making and end of life care plan, or advance care planning, is the process that enables individuals to make plans about their future health care. Advance care plans provide direction to health care professionals and their family in the event that the person is not in a position to communicate their health care choices.
Ideally, advance care planning involves conversations between individuals and their family members.
The first step in Advance Care Planning is preparing your Advance Directives. Advance Directives are written legal documents spelling out the level of medical and comfort care you believe would be appropriate if you develop an advanced or terminal illness or are in a life-threatening accident. Advance directives certify these conversations and any decisions rendered; they make a record of patients’ wishes.
Advance Directives put the power in your hands to ensure your decisions are honored and fulfilled, as you’ll hear in this short TED talk: Judy MacDonald Johnston: Prepare for a Good End of Life
5 practices for planning for a good end of life. Presented at TED2013, February 2013.
Funeral Planning is often part of making an end-of-life care plan. Take a look at these Frequently Asked Questions for Funeral Homes that may help you as you navigate this part of your planning.
See the Resources and Forms/Advance Directives sections for more information.