Make Decisions Today for Your Care Tomorrow
Whether you’re in the prime of your life, or in the throes of a serious illness, having Thoughtful Life Conversations about future medical care is the first step to ensuring your values and personal preferences will be honored.Having these thought-provoking conversations—and then documenting them properly for healthcare providers to access in real-time—helps to ensure your wishes are honored. Additionally, expressing exactly what medical treatments you want, and the ones you don’t want, saves friends and family members from remorse and panic at a very sensitive time.
Take Control of Your Future
It’s Easier than You Might Think
Thoughtful Life Conversations (TLC) wants you to take control of your life, or more specifically, the medical care you want and don’t want. So many of us are very deliberate in the way we live and have a firm grasp on the things that are meaningful to us. It stands to reason, then, that the same will be true with expressing ourselves and having our wishes honored if we happen to become unable to speak for ourselves
5 Steps to Having Your healthcare Wishes Honored:
Consider your options, including what is most important to you in the last phase of your life. This is called advance care planning.
Have Thoughtful Life Conversations with loved ones to discuss those life-saving medical treatments you may or may not want.
Fill out the appropriate forms, also known as advance directives, or healthcare directives.
Share the forms with your loved ones, doctors and the Arizona Secretary of State for uploading into the Arizona Advance Directives Registry for your care team to access.
Review your decisions and documents from time to time, to ensure they are accurate through the years.
Q: What is Advance Care Planning?
A: Advance care planning is making decisions about the healthcare you would want to receive if you happen to become unable to speak for yourself. These are your decisions to make, and the decisions are based on your personal values, preferences and discussions with your loved ones.
—National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization