Advance Directives: Your Life, Your Choices
Are you familiar with advance care planning and advance directives for health care? Advance care planning involves two major decisions about your end-of-life care:
- Selecting someone you trust to make your health care decisions if you are incapable due to a sudden injury or illness, and,
- Having a discussion with your loved ones about the care you would want in the future
It’s important to have conversations about what you value most in life and how you would want to be treated in specific health or medical situations. It is also important to document your wishes. Putting your plan in writing helps those caring for you to know your wishes so you get the care that you want. One way you can document your wishes is by completing advance directive forms such as a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care and a Living Will.
As a service to our members, Kaiser Permanente offers free, 2-hour classes in advance care planning. The “Your Life, Your Choices” class will
- help you think about your values, beliefs, and decisions
- help facilitate talking to your loved ones about those decisions
- discuss various pathways of medical care for people who are very sick
- discuss life-sustaining treatment options (CPR, ventilators, etc.) in detail
- show you how to fill out the advance directive forms
Classes are offered in the spring and fall in most of Kaiser Permanente's locations throughout Western Washington and at the Riverfront Medical Center in Spokane.Please check back in February 2020 for the spring class schedule. You can also be placed on the spring class mailing list by calling the program coordinator at 1-866-458-5276 or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.