What are Adults to do about Advance Care Planning …

…When they are healthy and well?

For many years the healthcare system has made it possible for people to engage in their medical decision-making process when a medical crisis or unanticipated diagnosis happens. This approach is reactive to a crisis and creates hardships for many during a very difficult time.   The most important aspect of Advance Care Planning is picking someone to be your medical power of attorney; someone who will make medical decisions with your doctor about your medical care and treatments if you are not able to participate in this process during a health crisis.

Research shows that less than 30% of adults have engaged in this aspect of their healthcare, and yet, studies show further that 93% of adults would like to have these conversations with their doctors. I  believe this research is biased based on which adults were asked this question! This studies do not indicate who and how old (or young) the adults were when asked about their Advance Care Planning.

What this means for us today is that more adults under the age of 60 than older and are not given information or support in participating in their healthcare choices. And This needs to change. Every adult, 18 and older, are able to prepare for healthcare services. One of the best ways to partner with your doctor is to have ongoing conversations about what is meaningful in your life today that matters to and how this relates to your health and well-being.

Don’t Wait to Communicate! Talk to your doctor, family, friends about who you are today and what matters in your life while living healthy and well.

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Make a Medical Choice Yourself Today

Your medical choices are up to you to share with your family and health care professionals.

The history here is important.

In order for the states and health care facilities to comply with the Federal Patient Self-Determination Act (1992), forms have been designed to complete your Advance Directives. These forms are available online, at your library, at your doctor’s office, the hospital, or nursing home. Actually these forms can be found anywhere you would receive health care services. These written medical directive forms vary from state to state so be sure you are working with a form that is acceptable in your state.  If you have residences in more than one state, please consider completing the forms for each state you reside.

These forms can be intimidating and daunting when you or your loved one is experiencing a health crisis due to an accident, and injury, or an illness. It’s best to prepare in advance of any illness or health crisis that may occur for yourself or your lived one. Graceful Conversations provides an educational approach towards learning about your personal preferences and how you can prepare for medical services. This interactive and personalized program creates a Statement of Medical Preferences  that is designed for you and can be attached to any of the state advance directives forms.

Prepare your medical preferences during a time in your life when you can appreciate the gifts you have in life. Don’t wait to communicate, if you need medical services; be prepared in advance to share with your health care professionals what you want them to know about your health care wishes. You are important enough to get this done sooner than when it’s too late.

Contact Nancy True to find out how Graceful Conversations can help you to complete your Advance Care Planning.