Pain and Palliative Care Program
What is Advance Care Planning?
Advance care planning involves…
- Understanding your possible future healthcare choices.
- Thinking about your choices in light of what is important to you and your values.
- Talking about your decisions with loved ones and your doctors.
- Writing down your plans in Advance Directives so they will be ready if needed.
It's important to remember that…
- Your plans and advance directives can be changed as your situation or wishes change.
- Advance care planning is done over time and not a single conversation.
- Decisions like these are best considered before there is a health crisis — and changes to your plans can be made at any time.
Advance Care Planning/
Decide for Yourself - The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania provides a 12-page booklet answering common questions on Advance Care Planning. Download it here [PDF]
Five Wishes – Care plan for the End of Life. Read more »
Advanced Care Planning - Caring Connections - National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization presents State-specific Advance Directive Documents.
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Planning ahead for your healthcare — now, while you are able to — is a gift you can give to yourself and to those you love.
Patients may be referred by contacting the Pain and Palliative Care Program at 215-728-3544, Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.