Advance Care Planning
Starting a conversation with your patients about their wishes and goals of care may not be easy, but it’s an important process to go through. As a health care provider, you need to know what the answers are to some critical questions, such as:
- If something happened to your health and you became unable to speak, who would make decisions on your behalf? (Substitute Decision-Maker)
- Would you like to be put on life support? For how long?
- Where would you prefer to spend your last days? At home, in a long-term care facility, hospital or hospice?
Helping your patients start advance care planning and initiating the conversation will get them thinking about what their wishes may be for end-of-life care. Having these communicated and in place will greatly contribute to their quality of life and of their loved ones if/when they become palliative. It’s important that they participate in this conversation and share their wishes now, while they are able to do so.
Here is a helpful tool that provides examples of questions you can ask your patients and phrases you can use to get the conversation started:
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