Advanced Care Planning

Step 1: Select the Right Person

Your medical decision-maker may be placed in high-pressure situations, which can cause a great deal of emotional distress. We recommend that you select one person who:

  • Can honor your wishes.
  • Has similar values to you (in terms of what makes life worth living).
  • Can think like you.
  • Can weigh difficult medical decisions.
  • Can work well under pressure.
  • Will accept the responsibility to make medical decisions with your best interest in mind.

Remember, selecting one medical decision-maker does not mean that others will not have an opinion, but can help minimize arguments and tension.

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