We can’t plan for everything. But we can talk about what is most important — in our life, and in our health care — with those who matter most. Since anyone’s health status can change suddenly, it’s a good idea to start the conversation right away, before a medical problem occurs.
Everyone has their own preferences about the kind of care they do and don’t want to receive and so all adults would benefit from having these conversations with their family and close friends who can support them. Talking with your health care team helps create a care plan that’s right for you — a plan that will be available when you need it. When you share your values, preferences, and wishes with your clinicians and family, everyone becomes part of the team that helps you get the right care for you. Find more resources and information from Atlantic Health System .