connect-smlWork in Partnership for the Best Possible Care At Every Phase of Health

Talk with your doctors s and  care providers and make a plan that:

• Promotes your everyday health;

• Plans for future care, and;

• Honors your choices all through your life.

Step 3 Connect: 5 Things To Talk About With Your Care Providers


Who are Your Care Providers?

A care provider can be a doctor, nurse, social worker, home care aide, care manager or – any care professional who provides treatment and care. Working together helps your care providers match quality care to your choices right now and in the future.

How Do I Start a Discussion?

Take a look at the 5  Things to Talk About with Your Care Providers . It’s a discussion guide based on your 5 Top Legal Rights. The guide can help you and your care providers make a plan for the best possible care when you are healthy, coping with chronic illness, or managing serious advancing illness. You can start a discussion with just one question or a few questions, and build on your discussions all through your life. Choose questions that make sense to you, and revisit this list as your health needs and choices change overtime. You can download a copy of the guide below, add your own questions, and  bring the guide with you to your next visit.


We offer 3 discussion guides for consumers. Download and print below:


1. “5 Things to Talk About with Care Providers” Basic Guide

2. Managing Health and Chronic Illness Discussion Guide

3. Coping with Serious Illness and End of Life Care Planning Discussion Guide