What would happen if you became too sick to tell your doctor about the type of healthcare you want?
You could be any age—young or older—and have a medical crisis that leaves you too ill to make healthcare decisions and to share them. That’s why planning ahead is important. It helps you have control over your care and ensure you get the care you want.
- During a regular visit or during your annual wellness visit, talk with your doctor about your wishes for advance care planning.
- Do this every year, because your wishes could change.
- Tell your family about your wishes, too.
- Make it official. Write down your wishes in an advance directive.