Advance Care Planning
At St. Joseph Health Medical Group, we support an individual’s right
to choose the care they want. Our Ethical Directives of Catholic Healthcare
call on us to respect the dignity of each person.
Talking with your family, friends and your physician about your wishes
for medical care at the end of your life is called advance care planning.
It's a way for you, your loved ones and your physician to discuss
the kinds of care you want and don't want at that time. You can also
specify the care you would want if you become unable to speak or make
decisions for yourself, due to a coma or other medical condition. When
you write down your wishes, this kind of plan is called an advance directive.
If you have an Advanced Care Directive, please bring it to your appointment.
If not please
download the form below and complete it.
You have the right to give instruction about your own healthcare if, for
any reason, you are unable to speak for yourself. You also have the right
to name someone else to make health care decisions for you. The Advance
Healthcare Directive form lets you do one or both of these things. It
also lets you write down your wishes about donation of organs and the
selection of your primary physician. If you use the form, you may complete
or change any part of it or all of it.