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End of life wishes

Advance care planning is making decisions about the care you would want to receive if you become unable to speak for yourself. These are your decisions to make, and should be based on information about your health status provided by your clinicians and on your personal values, preferences and discussions with your loved ones.

You don't have to be ill or elderly to do advance care planning. But if you do have a serious medical condition or are in failing health, our staff will assist you and your family in learning what is necessary about your condition and prognosis to make informed decisions. Your healthcare team, which may include doctors, nurses, social workers and chaplains, will answer questions and provide guidance to help you create a plan that will help to ensure that your care is appropriate and effective and consistent with your wishes and preferences.

Although discussions regarding end-of-life care can be difficult, advance care planning provides a number of benefits to you and your family. It helps ensure that you receive effective, appropriate care and eases decision-making for you and your family at the end of life. Other benefits of advance care planning include:

  • A better understanding of your illness, prognosis, treatment options and possible outcomes
  • An opportunity for you to state your wishes for end-of-life care
  • A plan of care that includes your goals and preferences
  • Creating advance directives that explains your plan of care

If you or your loved one is seriously ill, our caring staff will be there for you and your family every step of the way.