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Advance Care Planning

Advance Care Planning helps adults at any age or stage of health understand and Share their personal values, life’s, goals, and preferences regarding future medical care. It is a gift you give your loved ones who might otherwise struggle during a medical emergency to make choices about your care.

What Is Advance Care Planning

Advance care planning means planning ahead for how you want to be treated if you are very ill or near death. Sometimes when people are in an accident or have an illness that will cause them to die they are not able to talk or to let others know how they feel. Texas law allows you to tell your doctor how you want to be treated by using an advance directive.

Chapter 166 of the Texas Health and Safety code is the state law on advance care planning through advance directives. Chapter 166 explains advance directives, includes forms to use for advance directives and states how medical decisions can be made when a person does not have an advance directive.

Advance care planning is a five-step process.

  • Thinking about what you would want to happen if you could not talk or communicate with anyone.
  • Finding out about what kind of choices you will need to make if you become very ill at home, in a nursing home or in a hospital.
  • Talking with your family and doctor about how you want to be treated.
  • Filling out papers that spell out what you want if you are in an accident or become sick.
  • Telling people what you have decided.

Click on the link below to learn more:

Download Advance Care Planning Info Packet >>

Click on the link below to download the Official State Advance Directive Form:

Download Official State Advance Directive Form >>