Advance Care Planning

advance care planning, end of life planning

What is Advance Care Planning?

Advance Care Planning (ACP) is a process to help you identify your health care choices and communicate them to your family and your health care providers. Early conversations and advance care planning with Hospice of the Foothills’ skilled professionals can ease fears, confusion, and concerns regarding end of life care.

Advance Care Planning involves:

  • Understanding possible future healthcare choices
  • Considering what is important to you and your values
  • Talking about your decisions with loved ones and your physician
  • Writing down your plans in advance directives

Most likely, this will be an ongoing process that takes more than one conversation. The goal of advance care planning is for you to live well, in a way that is meaningful to you, for as long as you live.

Read, “10 things you should know and 5 things you can do” to be ready should the time come that you or someone you love requires supportive services.

Are you ready to take the first step?

Hospice of the Foothills offers assistance with Advance Care Planning to identify and communicate your health care choices. Call us at 530.272.5739 for more information or view our Calendar of Events to attend an advance care planning workshop.

Useful documents for End-of-Life Planning

We provide the resources to help you take those first steps in starting the conversation. Here is a list of documents that will assist with end-of-life planning. Now is the time to start the conversation.

Advance Directives – Getting Started Booklet
Frequently Asked Questions about Advance Health Care Directives.

If you or someone you love is very ill… ask tough questions
A guide to help you in asking tough questions when someone you love is ill.  This document can be requested from the California Hospice Foundation.

Medicare Hospice Benefits Booklet (in English and Spanish)
A guide to Medicare Hospice Benefits that can be requested from the California Hospice Foundation.

California Living Will Form
A form that can be used to create a living will in California.

Health Care Power of Attorney
Health Care Power of Attorney: referred to as a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care. In California this is combined with a living will to create an Advance Health Care Directive. Note: While state law requires certain provisions to appear in your health care power of attorney, there is no single form in use to document your wishes.

Consumers Toolkit for Advance Healthcare Planning
This tool kit contains a variety of self-help worksheets, suggestions, and resources. The tool kit does not create a formal advance directive for you. Instead, it helps you do the much harder job of discovering, clarifying, and communicating what is important to you in the face of serious illness.

Communicating End-of-Life Wishes
The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization has developed a guide that walks through steps and considerations to be made in communicating end-of-life wishes.

Advance Care Planning Talking Points
This one page document provides sound advice about making your choices known and having the necessary tools to share those wishes.

Physicians Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST)
The POLST process and form is designed to improve the quality of care people receive at the end of life. It is based on effective communication of patient wishes, documentation of medical orders for life-sustaining treatment on a brightly colored form and a promise by health care professionals to honor these wishes.

 

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