Talking About Your Advance Care Wishes

It can be helpful to have conversations with the people close to you about how you want to be cared for in a medical emergency or at the end of life. These talks can help you think through the wishes you want to put in your advance directive. It’s especially helpful to talk about your thoughts, beliefs, and values with your healthcare proxy. This will help prepare him or her to make medical decisions that best reflect your values. After you have completed your advance directive, talk about your decisions with your healthcare proxy, loved ones, and your doctor to explain what you have decided. This way, they are not surprised by your wishes if there is an emergency. Another way to convey your wishes is to make a video of yourself talking about them. This lets you express your wishes in your own words. Videos do not replace an advance directive, but they can be helpful for your healthcare proxy and your loved ones.