Advanced Care Planning

Step 6: Have the Conversation

After you have determined what your values are, what decisions you would make and how you would want your medical decision-maker to make decisions for you, it is time to communicate this information.

To ensure that your conversation goes smoothly:

  • Have the conversation in a comfortable setting.
  • Determine if you would like your conversation one-on-one with your medical decision- maker or with others, to ensure everyone is on the same page.
  • Tell your medical decision- maker why they were selected for this important role.
  • Use this guidebook to help lead the conversation — you may even choose to provide others with a copy of what you wrote down and let them think about your responses before you talk.
  • Tell them what you think your health condition is like at present and what could possibly happen to you.
  • Tell them what you value in life and what is most important to you.
  • Tell them which scenarios you would not want to find yourself in.
  • Provide them with useful hints as to how you would make life or death decisions for yourself.
  • Give important loved ones a copy of any legal documents, so they have them readily available when needed.

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