Advance Care Planning (ACP), Palliative Care and Hospice Care

What is advance care planning/a healthcare directive (AKA a living will, a healthcare proxy)?

Advance Care Planning (ACP) is a process which helps you think about, talk about, and write down your choices for future health care decisions.  While it's not an easy topic to consider, it is important for every adult to have a Health Care Directive - a written plan for loved ones and health care providers to follow - so that your wishes are known if a time comes when you cannot speak for yourself.” - Honoring Choices Minnesota
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Advanced Care Planning is a critical activity for care givers and their care recipients. National Healthcare Decisions Day offers additional information about ACP.

What do healthcare directive forms look like?
What does someone’s personal healthcare directive look like?
What are other documents used for advance care planning -  e.g. a POLST?
Resources to help you start the general conversation
Specialty resources for people with dementia, mental health issues, children, etc.
 How can I get free or inexpensive local assistance?
Healthcare Proxys = Healthcare Agents

How can I learn about Palliative Care and Hospice Care?

As a caregiver or care recipient, you may want to learn about these services.
  • Palliative Care is care that focuses on improving the quality of life of people with serious illnesses.
  • Hospice Care is a philosophy of care for dying patients that emphasizes comfort over cure.

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