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Advance Care Planning

About this video: When Khanh Ngo’s mother was approaching the end of life and no longer able to speak for herself, he was the one left making the difficult decisions about her care. Patti Campbell faced a similar experience when her son was being kept alive on life support following an accident. In this video they share their stories about the struggle and heartache that resulted from not having their loved ones’ advance care plan in place. Watch and learn more about the benefits of advance care planning. Learn why having a conversation now about your wishes is so important for your future. 

What is advance care planning?

Due to an accident or illness, we may not be able to make our own health choices. Who would make healthcare choices for you then? Does the person know your wishes for care?

Planning ahead for the unexpected is normal and an important part of good healthcare. Advance care planning is a way to tell your loved ones and doctor what kind of care you want if you become seriously ill.

Talking about your choices while you are healthy makes it easier for family / loved ones during a health crisis.

You do not need to hire anyone, but you may wish help with your advance care planning. The process is free, but it takes some time.

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