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Documenting Your Healthcare Decisions

Unexpected accident or illness can strike at any time. It’s important to think about and plan for future medical decisions in case you are unable to speak for yourself. Advance Care Planning (ACP) is a set of simple steps you can take to ensure the care you desire aligns with the care you receive.

Step 1

Choose Your Person

Appoint a Health Care Agent

Your chosen health care agent can make decisions for your medical care if there comes a time you cannot make them for yourself.

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Step 2

Make a Plan

Document Goals and Treatment Priorities

Advance Directives provide guidance for your family, friends, and health care providers in times of critical illness or serious injury.

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Step 3

Set Your Limits

Consider Medical Orders to Limit Treatment

An advance directive may not be enough to ensure that a preference to limit life-sustaining treatment will be honored in all settings. Consider talking to your clinician about medical orders and decisions at the end-of-life.

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A special advance care planning initiative for Chittenden and Grand Isle counties

Advance Care Planning Overview Brochure