April 16, 2017

Advance Care Planning – Six Questions to Lead an Important Conversation

National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) aims to help people across the U.S. understand the value of advance healthcare planning. For 2017, NHDD will be a week-long event, from April 16 to 22.

NHDD exists to inspire, educate and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning.

The theme for 2017 is “It Always Seems Too Early, Until It’s Too Late.” Having a conversation about your end-of-life choices isn’t just for the elderly. People of all ages come to the end of their life, and everyone should have their care plan made in advance.

The place for end-of-life planning to begin is at the kitchen table — not in the intensive care unit — with the people we love, before it’s too late. Together we can make these difficult conversations easier. We can make sure that our own wishes and those of our loved ones are expressed and respected.

These six questions — and more — can be part of the conversation:

  1. When you think about the last phase of your life, what is most important to you?
  2. What affairs do you need to get in order or talk to your loved ones about?
  3. Would you prefer to be actively involved in decisions about your care?
  4. Where do you want, or not want, to receive care?
  5. Are there kinds of treatment you do not want?
  6. Who do you want to be involved in your care?

CarePartners offers a free class on Advance Care Planning called Begin the Conversation. This class will be May 25 from 8:30 – 11:30 am in the Seymour Auditorium on the CarePartners main campus at 68 Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville. Chief Medical Officer Mike Parmer will talk about hospice care and Community Outreach Coordinator Dylan Babb will talk about Advance Care Planning.

For more information, call Dylan at (828) 775-7111 or email her at Dylan.babb@msj.org.