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Advance Care Planning

What is Advance Care Planning?
Advance care planning is a process to help you:

  • Understand possible future healthcare choices
  • Make a plan for future healthcare situations
  • Discuss your choices with those close to you and the health professionals who care for you
  • Document your religious, spiritual and personal beliefs
  • Record your preferences for medical treatment, life-sustaining treatment and your end-of-life preferences

Reduce Stress for You and Your Loved Ones

  • Talk with your family members now about the care you want if you become seriously ill or injured.
  • When families have discussions about how they want to be treated, it reduces stress, anxiety, depression, and even anger among family members.
  • It's about helping your family to honor your choices – not to make the choices for you.

Get Started
Of all the conversations you choose to have with loved ones, how you want to spend your last days is probably not at the top of the list. End-of-life conversations can be difficult to begin, but it is important to discuss your wishes with loved ones before a crisis occurs.

Take the Next Step
Once you’ve had the conversation, take the next step. Make a plan. 

  • Complete an Advance Care Directive document.
  • Share the document with your physician.
  • Share the document with your loved ones so they will be ready when the time comes. 

Advance Care Planning Documents
 
Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care
This document describes your personal values and goals for treatment should you not be able to decide for yourself and designates a health care agent to make medical decisions for you.

Health Care Directive
Choose whether you want life-sustaining treatments in certain situations.

Physician Order for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST)
A POLST is a medical order that is used to communicate medical care decisions to healthcare providers and emergency responders.
 
One Conversation Can Make All the Difference
Sharing your wishes throughout your life’s journey can bring you closer to the people you love.
 
For more information, please contact:

Trisha Davis, MSN, RN
Advance Care Planning Coordinator
(360) 565-9293

Attend an Advance Care Planning Session in Port Angeles or Sequim

  • What if a sudden illness or injury left you unable to make your own medical decisions?
  • Who do you want to make decisions on your behalf?
  • Do they know your values, goals and preferences?

Olympic Medical Center invites you to attend one of our free monthly  group planning sessions. Help us and your loved ones know your wishes. Call us at (360) 565-9293 to sign up or for more information.
 
In Port Angeles
Olympic Memorial Hospital, 939 Caroline Street
Private Dining/McCarter Room
 
November 1, 2017 - 5:30 to 6:30 pm
January 3, 2018 - 5:30 to 6:30 pm
March 7, 2018 - 5:30 to 6:30 pm

In Sequim
OMC Medical Services Building, 840 N. 5th Avenue
Second Floor Conference Room
December 4, 2017 -  3:30 to 4:30 pm
February 5, 2018 -  3:30 to 4:30 pm
April 2, 2018 -  3:30 to 4:30 pm

Why Talking Matters

  • 90% of people say that talking about end-of-life care is important.
  • 27% have actually done so.
    Source: The Conversation Project National Survey (2013)

  • 82% of people say it’s important to put their wishes in writing. 
  • 23% have actually done it.
    Source: Survey of Californians by the California HealthCare Foundation (2012)

  • 80% of people say that if seriously ill, they would want to talk to their doctor about wishes for medical treatment toward the end of their life.
  • 7% report having had this conversation with their doctor.
    Source: Survey of Californians by the California HealthCare Foundation (2012)

  • 60% of people say that making sure their family is not burdened by tough decisions is extremely important.
  • 56% have not communicated their end-of-life wishes.
    Source: Survey of Californians by the California HealthCare Foundation (2012)

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