Advance Care Planning - Bronson Healthcare

Advance Care Planning

It may be tough to think about, but there may be a time when you cannot make healthcare decisions for yourself. No matter what your age, planning ahead for your future is important. Advance care planning offers one-on-one support to help you determine your wishes, complete an advance directive and have the conversation with family and friends.

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Planning your future

You don't have to be a patient of Bronson to plan for your future healthcare. A serious accident or change in health could affect your ability to communicate in a meaningful way. Do you have somebody who could make medical decisions for you if you are ever unable to speak for yourself?

  • Advance care planning is the process of realizing your values and wishes, and to let people know what kind of health and personal care you would want in the future if you were unable to speak for yourself. It involves discussing your healthcare choices with your loved ones and writing down your wishes in an advance directive document.
  • An advance directive is a legal document where you write down who you want to make medical decisions and what your end-of-life wishes are if you were unable to make medical decisions on your own. They are free to complete. You may never need to use the plan -- but if you do, you'll be glad it's there for you.

One-on-one support

We will help you get started with the advance care planning process. Our specially-trained facilitators can help you complete an advance directive and have the conversations with your family and friends. The five steps to advance care planning include:

  1. Decide
    Think about who you would want to make medical decisions if you could not. Carefully consider your values to determine the end-of-life treatments you would or would not want.
  2. Discuss
    Talk to your patient advocate(s) about your personal values.
  3. Document
    Complete an advance directive document.
  4. Distribute
    Make the document available to both family and your healthcare providers.
  5. Update
    Review your advance directive and have a new conversation with any life changes.

Specially trained facilitators

We have facilitators that are specially-trained in advance care planning. To speak with a member of our team, call (269) 341-8778.

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