Advance Care Planning

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What is Advance Care Planning?

Advance care planning involves…

  • Understanding your possible future healthcare choices.
  • Thinking about your choices in light of what is important to you and your values.
  • Talking about your decisions with loved ones and your doctors.
  • Writing down your plans in Advance Directives so they will be ready if needed. 

It's important to remember that…

  • Your plans and advance directives can be changed as your situation or wishes change.
  • Advance care planning is done over time and not a single conversation.
  • Decisions like these are best considered before there is a health crisis — and changes to your plans can be made at any time. 
Additional Resources:
Advance Care Planning/
Living Wills

Decide for Yourself - The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania provides a 12-page booklet answering common questions on Advance Care Planning. Download it here [PDF]

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Advanced Care Planning - Caring Connections - National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization presents State-specific Advance Directive Documents.
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Planning ahead for your healthcare — now, while you are able to — is a gift you can give to yourself and to those you love.

Patients may be referred by contacting the Pain and Palliative Care Program at 215-728-3544, Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.