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Advance Care Planning - Patients & Families

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Advance Care Planning is a process of planning for future medical care in case you are unable to make your own decisions. It is a continual process and not merely a document or isolated event.

Advance Care Planning assists you in preparing for a sudden unexpected illness, from which you expect to recover, as well as the dying process and ultimately death. Advance care planning is a gift to you and your family. It allows you to maintain control over how you are treated and to ensure that you experience the type of care and the type of death that you desire.

The Community-wide End-of-life/Palliative Care Initiative developed an evidence-based two-step approach to advance care planning that includes:

Community Conversations on Compassionate Care (CCCC) is an award-winning nationally recognized, evidence-based program developed to help individuals over 18 years of age complete health care proxies using storytelling and "Five Easy Steps."

Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (MOLST) is a program designed to improve the quality of care seriously ill patients receive at the end of life.  MOLST is based on effective communication of patient wishes, documentation of medical orders on a bright pink form, and a promise by health care professionals to honor these wishes (View PDF).