Advance care planning is one of the best gifts you can give to the people you love, and it starts with a conversation. Advance care planning is a process of understanding, reflecting on and discussing future medical decisions. Eighty-two percent of people say it’s important to put their wishes in writing, yet just 23 percent have actually done it. How to begin advance care planning?
To learn more, request your free copy of “Advance Care Planning: It’s About the Conversation” or a free “Advance Care Planning Kit” by calling the Aspirus Customer Contact Center from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at 715.847.2380 or 800.847.4707.
Please call one the following for a free appointment if you would like help completing an Advance Directive.
Assistance is also available by phone by calling the Advance Care Planning Warm Line at 715-843-1340 or toll free at 844-624-4793.
Below are some common problems which result in an advance directive being returned. Please check for these items before submitting your document:
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What is “advance care planning”?
A process to:
When is the best time to start planning?
What is an “advance directive”?
Why should I have an advance directive?
What if I don't have an advance directive?
If you don't have an advance directive, and you are incapacitated, your decisions may be made by your physician and your surrogate decision-maker, according to Wisconsin law.
What is a “healthcare agent”?
A person you choose to make decisions in case you become incapacitated and cannot communicate for yourself.
What does it mean if I have been named as a “healthcare agent”?
Are there questions to consider if I am asked to be a “healthcare agent”?
What are examples of health decisions that might need to be made?
What are some good questions to discuss with your agent and your family – before a health crisis?
Is it easy to talk about this?
Are there some common phrases often used in these cases? Do they help?
Yes, some phrases are often used, but they only help if the healthcare agent understands what is meant by them. Examples:
What if I don't know who to name as my agent?
You can still write down the treatments you want/ do not want. Consider a friend, someone from your church, a close neighbor.
Must I have an advance directive to receive care?
No.You can’t be refused medical care or health insurance because you don’t have an advance directive.
Will I be refused care if I have an advance directive?
No. Treatment will not be refused or stopped until your doctors are sure it wouldn’t provide the results you’d want.
Where should I keep my advance directive?
Where is my advance directive valid?
Your advance directive is valid in Wisconsin. If you spend considerable time in another state, you should also have one prepared in that state.
What if I travel?
Take a copy of your advance directive with you when you travel. Tell someone with you where it is. Many states honor a directive from another state.
What if I move?
It's best to make a new advance directive if you move to a new state. If you live part of the year in another state, do a form for each state.
Situations change, and my preferences might change. When should I review my advance directive for possible updates? Review your advance directive any time of the “Five D’s” occur:
What if I update my advance directive?
If you change or update your advance directive, give a copy to all those who have the initial version and ask them to discard previous version(s). Aspirus is required by law to archive all versions, but your healthcare team will follow the most current one.