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What is advance care planning?

Having the conversation
Completing the documents
Advocating

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Why do you need an advance directive?

Chronic illness
Aging population
Medical intervention
Distance of family members
Diminish capacity

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Define Illness

Subjective perception by a patient of an objectively define disease

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Define Trajectory

The path that a moving object follows through space as a function of time

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Define Illness Trajectory

Course of a patients' experience of a disease through a given period of time

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What does advance care planning involve?

Learning about treatment options
Thinking about your values
talk about your decisions
Documenting your wishes

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Why should one plan ahead?

Unable to speak for yourself
Sudden illness or accidents
Leave a guide for others
Peace of mind for loved ones

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Living Will

States what you want & do not want for medical treatments at the end of life

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Other Names for a Living Will

Directive to physician
Healthcare declaration
Medical directive

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Define Durable Healthcare Power of Attorney

Documents WHO makes medical decisions about your healthcare
Authorized to speak ONLY if you can't

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Other Names for a Durable Healthcare Power of Attorney

Healthcare proxy or agent
Healthcare surrogate
Durable power of attorney for healthcare

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Define POLST

Provider order for life sustaining treatment
Serves as a DNR

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POLST vs. AD

POLST: seriously ill/frail, at any age, specific order for current treatment (changeable), can be signed by decision maker
AD: anyone 18+, general instructions for future treatment, appoints decision maker

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Talking Points with Advanced Directives

Valuable opportunity to reflect on what's important with loved ones
Discussion needs to happen before a crisis
Can provide comfort to loved ones
Up to YOU to initiate
AD documents provide a tool to guide your conversation
Focus on outcome rather than treatment
Address benefits vs. burdens
Person in their environment

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Types of Advance Directives

Healthcare power of attorney
POLST
Living will

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Criteria for a Healthcare Agent

18+ years old
Family member, loved one, or close friend
Someone you trust, knows you well, will advocate in your behalf, will honor your wishes