It always seems too early, until it’s too late.
Health care planning is not about one document or one conversation, but a life process to promote everyday wellness, plan for the future, and get the best possible person-centered care all through your life.
Step 1: Explore. Consider information to make care choices.
Step 2: Plan. Make your choices clear through MA approved planning documents.
Everyone should have 3 basic documents:
Additional documents may be appropriate depending on your situation:
Step 3: Connect. Put your plan into action for the quality care that honors your choices.
Make sure you discuss your health goals and share your future planning documents with your family, as well as your doctors and care providers, so they can support a plan that:
For more detail and links to planning documents, go to: www.honoringchoicesmass.com
Read: Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, by Atul Gawande
See: www.theconversationproject.org for help talking about your wishes for end-of-life care
“You may not control life’s circumstances, but getting to be the author of your life
means getting to control what you do with them.” Atul Gawande, Being Mortal