According to the CDC, 70% of Americans have no advance care plan. Advance care planning is simply a future healthcare plan between you, your family, and healthcare agents. When a detailed plan of your desires is written out, you get the care you want, and your family gets the relief they deserve.
Not sure where to start? We’ve consulted some experts to help you take the first steps towards this important aspect of healthcare for older adults.
Sara Stephens is founder and CEO of Sara C. Stephen’s Medical Advocacy & Planning. Stephens is passionate about supporting her patients through life’s challenges. Stephens is also on the Board of Directors for San Francisco’s Laguna Honda Hospital Volunteers, a nonprofit that works to improve the quality of life for patients.
questions before you appoint the role.
Is this person willing to assume this role? Do they know you well? Are you comfortable speaking with this person and they with you? How does this person function under stress,
and can this person function in a stressful situation in a
hospital/medical setting? Does this person’s cultural or spiritual beliefs align with yours? If not, can they respect yours? Do they have emotional attachments to you that would prevent them from supporting your wishes?
Sara Stephens, RN giving advice on "How to begin creating an Advance Care Plan."