Advance care planning involves talking with your loved ones about what you desire if you become seriously ill. It is important to have an advance care planning conversation with your loved ones so they will know what medical care you desire, especially if you are unable to speak for yourself. The purpose of advance care planning is to make sure your family and doctors know your wishes and opinions so those decisions are not left for someone who does not know you.
Regardless of your age, wealth or health, documenting your wishes today means your loved ones won't have to make difficult decisions later. To help you with this process, we have an advance care planning workbook entitled Five Wishes. Five Wishes lets your family and doctors know:
- Who you want to make health care decisions for you when you can't make them.
- The kind of medical treatment you want or don't want.
- How comfortable you want to be.
- How you want people to treat you.
- What you want your loved ones to know.
If you would like a Five Wishes workbook, please contact the Pastoral Care Office at 770-219-5077. We have copies of Five Wishes in English and Spanish.