Advance care planning is an ongoing process of making decisions about the care an individual wants to receive if they become unable to speak for themselves. These are very personal decisions that are based on an individual’s values, preferences, and discussions with their loved ones.
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An advance care plan tells an individual’s family, their substitute decision-maker, and their health care team what kinds of treatment and care they do or don’t want to receive. This is why it is so important for family members, substitute decision makers and health care team members to understand individual’s care wishes and make sure they are part of the care plan.