Advance Care Planning (ACP)
Advance care planning (ACP) is a process of making decisions about the care you would like to receive should you become unable to speak for yourself. In the event of an illness or accident, your loved ones and healthcare providers will know your personal beliefs and wishes, your desires for life-sustaining care, and preferences for end-of-life care. These conversations include discussing healthcare power of attorney and HIPAA restrictions with your provider, assigning a personal representative to speak on your behalf, and making clear which medical interventions are acceptable and desired by you in the event you cannot speak for yourself or become otherwise impaired. ACP should be discussed with your family and with your physician.
ACP Michigan is a network of individuals and organizations working to provide and grow Advance Care Planning Services in their communities. It also includes helpful resources such as informational fact sheets, glossary of terms, and more.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention published a document with helpful resources on Advance Care Planning, available here.
Additional information from the CDC can be found on their website.
Elder Law of Michigan is a non-profit organization aimed at connecting older adults with legal, pension, housing, nutrition, and benefits access counseling.
If you suspect elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation, visit the State of Michigan, Department of Health and Human Services website, here, for more information.
The National Institute on Aging offers a checklist to help talk about ACP. Download the infographic and share it on social media. View the infographic, here.
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