Three Steps in Advance Care

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Making end-of-life decisions might be uncomfortable, but they are deeply personal choices that you should make for yourself.

What if you were in an accident and couldn't speak for yourself? That's where advance care planning comes in. It allows you to decide in advance what sort of treatment you should receive.

Making end-of-life decisions might be uncomfortable, but they are deeply personal choices that you should make for yourself.

What if you were in an accident and couldn't speak for yourself? That's where advance care planning comes in. It allows you to decide in advance what sort of treatment you should receive.

Three steps in advance care planning are:   

1. Learn about various life-sustaining options and decide which you would prefer.   

2. Tell your loved ones about your preferences.   

3. Put your decision into writing.


Some of the choices to consider include whether you would want tests, procedures, medicine and life-sustaining treatment. You'll also need to decide who will be in charge of making health care decisions on your behalf. Consider where you will want to be treated, and who should care for you.

Find out more about advance care planning at www.eldercare.gov.