Advance Care Planning

April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day

COVID-19 has heightened the importance of advance care planning. Having conversations in advance about your preferences and wishes for your medical care brings your voice into these decisions and brings comfort and support to the person you designate as your health care decision maker in the event you cannot express your wishes on your own.

In honor of National Healthcare Decisions Day on April 16, CHA is pleased to share a video, social media toolkit and reflection to help individuals and caregivers with advance care planning.

Plus, throughout the month of April, CHA members and their families have a special opportunity to have free access to a complimentary copy of the popular Five Wishes advance care planning guide. This limited time opportunity is made possible in partnership with Aging with Dignity, a national nonprofit organization that produced the trusted Five Wishes guide.

Advance Directives: Points for Having The Talk – This fact card provides the basic facts about advance care planning and advance directives.
Advance Care Planning Myths - This fact card dispels common myths about advance care planning. 
Reflection on Health Care Decisions – This flyer provides guidance for starting the conversation about advance care planning.

2019 FW Cover

During the month of April, CHA members and their families can access a complimentary copy of the Five Wishes advance care planning guide. This special opportunity is available through the month of April in partnership with Aging with Dignity. Please login to access this member-only content.

Using Five Wishes in your practice or in your health system:
Five Wishes is the most widely used advance care planning program – distributed to nearly 40 million people, and available in 30 languages.  The Five Wishes advance directive meets the legal requirements in most states, and is useful in all.  It is easy to use and understand, and includes an emphasis on personal, emotional, and spiritual matters (in addition to important medical and legal issues).  It is used by many Catholic health ministries and is appropriate for people of any faith tradition or those with no particular religious affiliation. To order multiple copies of Five Wishes for your practice or health system, please visit the Five Wishes Healthcare Program page for relevant information for healthcare providers, including: training solutions, conversation guides, physician tool-kit, and free webinars for healthcare providers.

During the past year there has been an increase interest in advance care planning. To help your organization provide information in a remote manner, consider using this turn-key Five Wishes advance care planning webinar that can be modified for your use. Simply:

  • Invite your community to an on-line meeting (Zoom, Teams, etc.)
  • Provide an introduction
  • Play the Five Wishes 20-minute presentation
  • Follow up with a Q& A session.

If you are interested in this video option, click on this link for access. The video will be available through the end of April. It's a great way to keep your name and the good work you do in front of your audiences.

Advance Care Planning Resources for Patients and the Public

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