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Living Will - Health Care Decisions

Think, talk and write about your wishes

How do you want to be cared for at the end of life?

The best time to plan for that is now - before you are in crisis.

Advance care planning involves thinking, talking and writing about what medical care you would want – or not want – if you are so ill that you cannot communicate your wishes.

Share your beliefs and values about end-of-life care with family members, friends and your doctors. Then record your thoughts in documents known as advance directives – a living will and medical power of attorney. Give copies to anyone who might be involved in your care. You can download living will forms for free on the right side of this page.

It’s the best gift you could give your loved ones. Your guide to difficult decision-making takes the burden off them.

Advance care planning is not just for older people with serious or chronic illness. An accident or serious illness could happen to anyone.

You can shape your story now – while you’re healthy and able to make important choices. Hospice of the Valley’s Health Care Decisions program is here to help. If you have questions, would like materials, need a consultation or want to schedule a presentation on this topic to your group, contact us online or call 602.222.2229.