Advance Care Planning

Advance Care Planning

HB 1175 Takes Effect in Washington

Effective July 28, 2019 a new law expands options for individuals living in Washington completing an Advance Directive. The newly enacted law has two elements that will help patients when they are unable to make their own medical decisions. First, the law expands the type of people who can be a surrogate health care decision-maker to include extended family members and close friends. Second, the law allows a notary to finalize a health care directive (commonly known as an advance directive for health care or a living will). Previously, two witnesses were required to finalize a health care directive, which presented a barrier for some patients wishing to complete this form.

For a short video with more information about the updates visit here.

Sharing Your Wishes

Sharing your wishes for the care you want if you are critically ill can bring you closer to the people you love. Making your wishes known clearly in advance of a crisis is one of the biggest gifts you can give yourself, your family and friends.

Advance Directives are a gift of love and peace-of-mind. Consider the facts:

  • 90% of people say that talking with their loved ones about end-of life care is important, but only 27% have done so
  • 82% of people say it’s important to put their wishes in writing, but only 23% have
    done it

I've Got Mine

PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center and the larger community in Bellingham, Washington, lead by example for National Health Care Decisions Day 2019 - View Video.

Conversations can make all the difference!

Please visit The Conversation Project for more guidance on having this conversation with your family and health care providers, or watch this video.