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Advance Directives

A gift for your loved ones and peace of mind for you

We plan for weddings, the birth of a child and retirements but rarely do we have conversations about how we want to be cared for at the end of our lives.

Having a discussion with your loved ones and developing an advance directive – a written statement of your wishes regarding medical treatment – is a gift to your loved ones. It is not difficult to accomplish, but does require some thought and conversation.

According to the National Hospice & Palliative Care organization, advance care planning includes:

  • Getting information on the types of life-sustaining treatments that are available.
  • Deciding what types of treatment you would or would not want should you be diagnosed with a life-limiting illness.
  • Sharing your personal wishes with your loved ones.
  • Completing advance directives to put into writing what types of treatment you would or would not want – and who you chose to speak for you – should you be unable to speak for yourself.

For more information about advance directives, visit www.caringinfo.org, www.agingwithdignity.org or call Cedar Valley Hospice at 800.626.2360.