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Advance Care Planning

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




Resource Highlight:

Advance Care Planning and COVID-19

The safety and well-being of our patients and community members is our highest priority. As we actively monitor the COVID-19 virus, we have resources provided below to assist with planning for your current and future healthcare needs related to completing a POLST and Advance Care Planning. We believe advance care planning is important for all adults 18 and over to think about, but especially during these uncertain times.

The documents listed below are offered as tools to introduce why advance care planning conversations are so vital during this time, as well as offer some guidance on how to have these discussions with your loved ones.

  • Being Prepared in the Time of COVID  from The Conversation Project offers helpful information for you as a patient in thinking about your wishes and how to have discussions with your loved ones.

COVID Specific Advance Directive Addendums

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, some patients have expressed a desire to explicitly outline their wishes related to the care they would or not want to receive if they were to contract the virus. These types of documents, called addendums, offer enhanced clarity but do not take the place of any advance directive documents currently in place. Addendums can help to outline our decisions more clearly for your healthcare agent. The addendums listed below could be used as a helpful starting point in thinking about your care.

If you have questions or would like help in reviewing your current documents, send us an email.

Links to specific advance care planning documents for the state you live in can be found here.

Resources for our Skilled Nursing and other Community Healthcare Partners:

This document is intended to support your work in engaging in these important conversations with your patients, residents and clients.







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