advance care planning; advance directives
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ADVANCE CARE PLANNING
Advance care planning is a process for identifying and communicating an individual’s values and preferences regarding future health care for use at a time when that person is no longer capable of making health care decisions. It may occur in or outside of health care settings, can be done by anyone with decision-making capacity, and may or may not involve health care professionals directly.
Advance Directive Documents
In the state of Michigan, a health care advance directive is a legal document in which you give directions about your health care choices. With this document, you are able to give directions as to the kind of health care you do or do not want to receive, if in the future you cannot speak for yourself. You are able to name a person as your "patient advocate" to make sure your wishes are carried out, including decisions about life-sustaining treatments.
An advance directive gives your "patient advocate" the right to participate in discussions and to weigh the pros and cons of treatment decisions based on your wishes. Your "agent" can make decisions for you whenever you are unable to decide for yourself, even if your decision-making ability is only temporarily affected.
Michigan recognizes several different advance directive documents. The links below will provide you with information regarding advance directive options and resources.
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