Compassionate Care Program
Have you made your healthcare wishes known to your loved ones? Do you know their wishes about end-of-life issues. Now is a good time to consider your options and create an advance healthcare directive. The topic may sound taxing, but keep reading. This is information you’re going to want to have.
The power of a plan
Advance care planning simply means communicating what types of measures you would want your healthcare team and loved ones to take if you were incapable of expressing yourself directly. Taking the time now to clarify your personal preferences can turn a potentially confusing set of decisions into a clear roadmap for your doctors and family members to follow. Why this matters: there are lots of reasons to create an advance healthcare directive. Most importantly, it allows you to:
• Clarify your personal preferences so your healthcare team provides precisely the treatment and care that you want.
• Give your loved ones the gift of information so they can avoid guessing what you might want.
• Customize your advance healthcare directive in any way you choose. While the official forms offer the most common scenarios, they can be modified to accommodate any religious, cultural or medical context.
• Experience end-of-life issues on your own terms.
• Work with an attorney or do it yourself.
Once you’ve filled out the paperwork, you need to have it witnessed and signed by at least two people but neither is required to be a lawyer.
Shared-decision making is an important part of your health experience. So get this conversation started with your family and communicate with your Brown & Toland physician. You might be surprised at how relieved you’ll feel to have filled out a few forms.
For those needing Advance Care, please discuss completing a POLST (Physician Ordered Life Sustaining Treatment) form with your Brown & Toland Physicians' doctor.