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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Advance Care Planning?

Advance Care Planning is process of considering, discussing and documenting your preferences in regards to future health-care treatment.

What is an Advance Directive?

An Advance Directive is a set of legal documents that outlines your wishes for healthcare. Key documents include Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare, Living Will and Mental Health Treatment Declaration.

What is the difference between a Living Will and a Power of Attorney for Healthcare?

A Living Will is a written document to inform your healthcare providers and loved ones what type of medical care you want to receive if you are terminally ill or unconscious.

A Power of Attorney for Healthcare is a written document to appoint an individual to make medical decisions in the event you are unable to make them yourself.

Can I still make my own decisions once I fill out an Advance Directives?

Yes. Only when you are unable to make decisions for yourself will your healthcare proxy step forward to make decisions on your behalf.

When should I update my Advance Directive?

Your Advance Directives should be reviewed at least annually. In addition, they should be reviewed and updated with any change in condition, change in healthcare wishes or change in healthcare proxy.

What if I don’t fill out an Advance Directive?

Your loved ones will not know your wishes and may become confused, scared or even angry through the process. You may also receive treatment not in line with your healthcare wishes.