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Choosing Which Step is Right for You

Whether you’re 18 or 81, sudden accident or illness can happen at any time. You can start anywhere on this pyramid. Pick the step and corresponding form that best meets your needs.

Start Taking Steps Today!


STEP 1: WHO’S YOUR PERSON?

For adults 18 years of age or older

Complete an advance directive to appoint a Health Care Agent, also known as a health care proxy or power of attorney for health care, to make medical decisions if you are unable to speak for yourself.


STEP 2: WHAT’S YOUR PLAN?

For adults with chronic illness or those seeking to give more specific information about their values and healthcare preferences

Complete an advance directive with detailed information about your health care goals and treatment priorities to provide guidance for your family, friends and health care providers in times of critical illness or serious injury.


STEP 3: ARE THERE LIMITS?

For individuals who are seriously ill or dying, or who are certain they would not want life-prolonging interventions

Consider talking with your clinician about Medical Orders to limit the use of life-sustaining treatment at the end-of-life.

 

Ready to begin?

Download the Stepwise Approach to Advance Care Planning Overview Brochure