What is Advance Care Planning

Advance Care Planning is the process of thinking and talking about future medical decisions if you had a sudden event, like a car accident or illness, and could not make your own decisions. The best time to make these decisions is when you can choose for yourself.

Advance Care Planning involves important real life conversations to reflect on, discuss, and plan for a time when you cannot make your own health care decisions. It is a process for you to understand possible health care choices, think about these choices in light of the values and goals important to you, discuss your choices with your loved ones and health care providers, and make a plan for future situations.

Imagine this scenario:

A life threatening event has left you unable to communicate with those around you or to participate in your daily care, treatment planning, or decision making. Even though all care and available treatments are being provided, your doctors have determined your illness or injury cannot be cured and death is likely, or your brain function will not return.

 Ask yourself:

  • What does ‘living well’ mean to me? For example: If I were having a good day, what would happen on that day? Who would I talk to? What would I do?
  • What brings me joy and comfort?
  • What cultural, religious, spiritual, or personal beliefs, if any, might help me choose the care I want or don’t want?

 

Advance Directives

What is an Advance Directive for Health Care?
An Advance Directive allows you to write down your goals, values and preferences for future health care decisions and who you want to communicate your health care decisions if you are unable to communicate for yourself. For adults 18 and older, completing an Advance Directive is important if you had a life threatening event, like an accident or serious illness, and cannot make your own decisions.

Honoring Choices Idaho provides two options for completing an Advance Directive: Option 1: download and complete the PDF    and    Option 2: complete the Advance Directive online using the links below.

Please note: Honoring Choices® Idaho does not store or save your completed documents.

Idaho’s legal requirements for an Advance Directive for Health Care includes two (2) separate documents:

  1. Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care (Health Care Agent)
    Allows you to name one or more persons to communicate health care decisions on your behalf if you cannot communicate yourself. This person(s) is called your Health Care Agent.
    Fill Out Online
  2. Living Will for Health Care
    Allows you to provide written instructions for health care treatments based upon your values and what is important to you. These written instructions are important if you had a life threatening event, like an accident or serious illness, and cannot communicate for yourself.
    Fill Out Online

It is recommended that you complete both documents (Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care and Living Will for Health Care)Remember: To make your Advance Directive a legal document, you must download, print, sign and date both documents.