End-of-Life Care Planning

Many people find it difficult to talk about or plan their end-of-life care, but most have strong opinions about how they would want to be treated and cared for in their final months, weeks and days.

The most reliable way to ensure your end-of-life wishes are honored by establishing an advance directive: a legal document that spells out for family members and healthcare providers the types of care and interventions you want—and do not want— if you are seriously ill and unable to speak for yourself. Not only will advance care planning legally define your end-of-life wishes, but it will also avert crises and ease the decision-making burden for your family, designated caregivers and healthcare team.  

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