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Advance Care Planning

One of the greatest gifts you can give your family is to provide guidance on the treatments you would – and would not – want to receive if you were unable to speak for yourself. This is called advance care planning.

Sharing this information with your family and loved ones will provide them with peace of mind, while also assuring that your wishes will be honored.

Advance care planning is for anyone over the age of 18, because at any age a medical crisis or trauma could leave you unable to make your own healthcare decisions.

1. Think about what you want.

Consider how you wish to be treated if you become critically ill or are seriously injured in an accident and can no longer speak for yourself. Click “read more” for questions to think about.

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2. Write it down.

The goal of documenting your advance care planning is to allow you to live in a way that’s most important to you. Read this section to learn how to get a free copy of “Five Wishes”.

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3. Share with others.

It’s very important to share your wishes with loved ones. If you can no longer speak for yourself, your health agent — who you will identify in your advance directive — will be asked to make these decisions on your behalf. The more guidance you can provide, the easier it will be for your health agent to carry out.

Other Important Ways to Express Your Wishes

Here’s a list of additional legal healthcare documents recognized in Illinois that will allow you to express your healthcare wishes, including POLST, Healthcare Power of Attorney, and a living will.

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Other Resources

Click below to find our recommended partners and resources

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