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Taking Steps Vermont

A stepwise approach to advance care planning

Advance care planning (ACP) is a process to help a person, in advance of injury, serious illness or catastrophic event, think about and plan for future medical decisions at a time when they are unable to speak for themselves.

STEP 1: Appoint a Health Care Agent.

STEP 2: Complete an Advance Directive with detailed information about your health care goals and treatment preferences.

STEP 3: Consider talking with your clinician about Medical Orders to limit the use of aggressive, life-sustaining treatments at the end-of-life.

Advance Directive Forms Learn more about health care decisions and advance directives