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Advance care planning

Advance care planning is a way for you to tell others how to care for you. An advance care plan is important, especially when you are very sick or not able to discuss your wishes. The best time to write your advance care plan is when you are healthy. Then, if you get sick, your family and friends will know your wishes. Advance care plans may include one or more of the following:

  • A written advance directive, also known as a living will
  • The name of a person to make decisions for you, also known as a medical or health care power of attorney
  • Naming a durable power of attorney who will act on your behalf to make sure your wishes are carried out

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