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Advance Care Planning

We are all encouraged to have conversations with loved ones about our preferences for future health care needs. If you became incapacitated without a care plan in place, medical decisions would fall on the shoulders of family members and doctors. They would make medical decisions based on what they think you would want. An advance care plan helps you direct your medical care in the event a serious illness or traumatic injury prevents you from speaking for yourself.  When you put these wishes in writing, it is called an advance medical directive.

As part of the process, patients are encouraged to complete advance care planning documents.

· Advanced directives or living wills are legal documents that provide instructions for care in case a person becomes incapacitated and cannot make decisions. 

· A durable power of attorney or health care proxy is a document that allows the patient to designate a person who will make treatment decisions.

Physicians, families and other potential decision-makers emerge with a better understanding of the patient’s end-of-life care wishes. They are also better prepared to predict the patients’ values, goals, and thresholds for treatment in unanticipated situations.  

Meriter joins the Wisconsin Medical Society in a statewide initiative to build system change, advocacy and education around advance care planning.

We encourage you to learn more and attend a free Advance Care Planning seminar. Workshops are held the third Tuesday of every month, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Meriter Monona Clinic, located at 6408 Copps Avenue, Monona, WI. 

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