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Advance Care Planning

When it comes down to it, one conversation can make all the difference. It’s a conversation about your choice, your say in the matter. Having that conversation five years too soon is better than having it one day too late.

Did you know that:

  • 90% of people say that talking with their loved ones about end of life care is important?
  • Less than 30% of people have actually done so?

At times, thinking about your care goals and values at end of life can be uncomfortable. However, the best time to make your plan is before an illness, when you can discuss and reflect with those close to you.

View the North Carolina Advance Health Care Directive “Short Form”

What is Advance Care Planning?

Advance care planning is the process of thinking about, documenting, and discussing your wishes.

An advance directive allows you to stay in-control of your care. To complete an advance directive, put your wishes in writing and share them with your loved ones and caregivers. A living will is a type of advance directive.

The advance care planning process includes:

  • Starting the conversation — sharing your health care values and wishes with your loved ones before an illness or crisis. If you aren’t sure how to bring it up naturally, click here for a few conversation starter ideas.
  • Choosing a health care agent — picking the person you want to honor your values and make decisions about your care if you became unable to do this yourself. If you aren’t sure how to best choose this person, click here for some helpful tips.
  • Thinking about your values — making decisions about the treatments you would and would not want based on your values. If you aren’t sure where to begin, click here for some key concepts.

Crisis or illness situations are always difficult. If you prepare your loved ones ahead of time, you can help make these times a little easier for all.

By going through the advance care planning process, you can give your loved ones the peace of mind knowing your wishes will be upheld at every turn, whatever comes your way.

Advance Care Planning Resources

Frequently Asked Questions about Advance Directives

North Carolina Advance Health Care Directive “Short Form” (PDF)

“Five Wishes” in North Carolina

The Conversation Project Starter Kit — Not sure where to begin? Start here with The Conversation Project’s Starter Kit: dedicated to helping people and their loved ones prepare for medical decision making.

For more information, or to talk with someone about advance care planning and the services provided contact a Triad HealthCare Network Care Manager at 1-855-4-THN-NOW (855-484-6669).