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Getting started on your advanced care plan may seem overwhelming—Beaumont Health is here to help and we will connect you with a certified facilitator to start the conversation. It is important part of your overall health and wellbeing to have a meaningful conversation about what brings value and joy to your life and what treatment you would want when you are unable to communicate your wishes.

Think About It First spend some time thinking and reflecting on what brings you the joy and meaning in life? What values are important to you? How does religion or spirituality play a role in your life?

Talk About It  Now it’s time to speak with your doctor and a Respecting Choices certified facilitator to share your goals and values as well as learn more about medical treatments for the very ill or injured and discuss the benefits and risks of those treatments.

Write About It Choose who you would want to speak for you if you could not communicate yourself or make your own medical decisions. By naming your patient advocate designation on your advance directive form, you are one step closer to making your wishes known. Remember to sign the legal document and have it witnessed by two people.

Share It Discuss your choices with those closest to you, so they know what treatment preferences you would want in the event of a serious illness or injury when you would be unable to communicate your wishes. As life changes, so too may your advance care plan, you are encouraged to revisit the document and make any changes as necessary. Your advance directive document will be uploaded to your electronic medical record and accessible across the Beaumont Health system.