Everyone is different. This is especially true about making choices in our medical care. If you were injured or very sick and unable to speak for yourself, it could be difficult for your family and doctors to know what choices you would make for yourself. Talking about these things while you are well is a gift to the people who care about you. If they ever have to make difficult decisions, they will be comforted by knowing what you would have done.
You can communicate your own choices and reduce the stress on people who care about you by writing an Advance Directive. This is about your own values, not filling out forms, so take some time to reflect on the things that are important to you, and talk about them with the people who are close to you.
Your choices may change over time, so talk about these things often, and update your Advance Directive when needed.
How to get started
If you have questions or if you would like to receive an Advance Care Planning workbook by mail, contact Michelle Carter, RN, Clinical Liaison/Advance Care Planning Facilitator at 757-316-5680.