The time to plan for your future health care needs is before you become seriously ill. Writing down and talking about your choices with your physician and loved ones before a medical crisis is the best way to ensure that your wishes are followed.
Advance Care Planning helps your loved ones advocate for you if you cannot speak for yourself, and protects them from having to make hard choices about your care without your guidance.
An easy way to learn about Advance Care Planning is to attend one of Hospice by the Bay’s free seminars:
My Life, My Choices™: Planning for Future Health Care Decisions
Get the information you need to make informed decisions and successfully advocate for quality end-of-life care for yourself or your loved ones. Presentation topics include:
- Understanding Advance Care Planning and Advance Directives
- Considerations in choosing a Health Care Agent to make decisions on one’s behalf
- Identifying values and goals regarding comfort and medical treatment choices
- Communicating end-of-life wishes to loved ones and healthcare providers
- Effectively advocating for one’s wishes to be honored
Participants receive a free Advance Care Planning Packet, which includes Advance Directive forms, informational articles, and worksheets. To register for a seminar, view our calendar of upcoming events.
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Download Just In Case
This convenient printable checklist will help you make sure that everything from Advance Care Planning to Financial and Practical Matters will be taken care of according to your final wishes.
Download our Estate Planning Organizer
An easy-to-use document to collect pertinent information regarding your family, an inventory of your estate including real estate, investments, insurance, and beneficiary information, your wishes for final arrangements and a list of where things are located including important financial and medical records, as well as personal property and passwords.
Download the form: Advance Health Care Directive
This allows you to state your wishes for medical treatment if you become seriously ill. It provides your agent and health care providers with written instructions for how you wish to spend your final days.