October 17, 2017

Advance Care Planning

Grant County Hospice and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization encourage people to plan for the end-of-life care they would want and to share their wishes with family and healthcare providers.

There are many steps individuals can take:

  • Complete an advance directive, also known as Health Care Power of Attorney and a living will.
  • Talk about your wishes with family, friends and health care professionals.
  • The end of a life is never easy.  We can take steps to make sure our wishes are honored and that our families receive support they need.
  • The conversations we have with each other about end-of-life decisions are important questions each of us should answer, regardless of age.
  • Talk now, before a crisis, to ensure that family conflict or uncertainty about end-of-life treatment decisions don’t make a difficult situation even more complicated.

Grant County Hospice has end-of-life resources available, including:

  • Brochures and other information to help people learn about advance care planning and about hospice as an end-of-life care option
  • Speakers available to talk to churches and other groups
  • Staff to talk with people about end-of-life care concerns
  • Grant County Hospice staff who can come to doctor’s offices to assist medical professionals in starting a conversation with a patient or family member about hospice care.