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Advance care planning is one of the most important things you can do to ensure your wishes are honored in health care decisions if you’re not able to advocate for yourself. Melissa Davis, LCSW, of The Denver Hospice shared why this is such an important step for every adult, and tips for getting started on a webinar we presented in partnership with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the Center for Improving Value in Health Care.
We recently heard from one of our volunteers just how important advance care planning and conversations were for her. Her husband contracted COVID-19 and needed to be intubated. “I don’t know what I would do if we had not had the form filled out and more importantly, a very detailed discussion about what we wanted. It has been a guiding light for me with his care,” she noted.
Melissa pointed out in the webinar that the majority of people think that these conversations and planning are important, but just haven’t taken the first step yet. However, it’s the surest way your loved ones and medical team know what your priorities are for your care. To put your priorities on paper, start with our webinar, and then check out the resources Melissa highlights.