Health Care Planning Guide

A Road Map for Good Care Over Your Lifetime

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Our Health Care Planning Guide is your personal road map to getting good care over your lifetime. 

Health care planning is an active process to ensure you can get good care everyday to stay well and plan for future care. The Planning Guide below is a road map which provides helpful information and resources at every phase of health, to Promote Wellness & Stay Healthy, Manage Health and Chronic Illness as you age, and Live Well with Serious Illness.

A Good Place to Start is with Our Tool Kits

No matter where you are on your health care journey, a good place to start is with the Getting Started Tool Kit to make a plan, and the Next Steps Tool Kit to build on your plan. The tools kits are included at every phase of health in the road map below.

Getting Started Tool Kit

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Next Steps Tool Kit

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Your Road Map for Good Care Over Your Lifetime

The Health Care Planning Guide includes information & fact sheets, MA documents to write down your care choices, and discussion guides to talk with your care providers at each phase of health to create your own personal road map.  You'll notice the planning tools remain the same in each phase of health to easily add and update your planning documents over time, and build on your conversations to get good care that matches your goals, values and choices. You can start at any point on the road map and revisit as you like. Click on links below to learn more.

Promote Wellness & Stay Healthy

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Anyone can start here to make a plan, or begin where you are most comfortable.

Plan: Write down your choices

Here are the 5 MA planning documents. Download single documents or use the tools kits:

Single Documents

Health Care Proxy

Personal Directive (Living Will)

Durable Power of Attorney- More Information

Comfort Care/Do Not Resuscitate Order (CC/DNR)- Info & Sample Document

Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (MOLST)- Info & Sample Document

 

Tool Kits

Getting Started: Health Care Proxy & Personal Directive documents

Next Steps: Information re: Durable Power of Attorney, CC/DNR, MOLST

Talk About Your Care Goals

Download handy discussion guides to match good care to goals, values and choices.

For Consumers: 5 Things to Talk About with Your Care Providers

For Care Providers: 5 Things to Talk About with Patients and Client

Manage Health & Chronic Illness

Health Care Road Map Chronic Illness

Manage your care as your health needs and choices change. Add and update planning documents.

What is Chronic Illness?

A chronic illness or chronic disease is broadly defined as a condition that lasts a year or longer, and can limit your daily living activities and may require ongoing care and medical attention. Nearly half of all Americans have one chronic condition, such as diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, heart disease, mental health issue or some of the other diseases listed below. Check with your primary care physician to learn more about your illness, available treatment options, and how to manage your disease.

Get Information & Fact Sheets

Plan: Write down your choices

Here are the 5 MA planning documents. Either download single documents or use the tools kits:

Single Documents

Health Care Proxy

Personal Directive (Living Will)

Durable Power of Attorney More information

Comfort Care/Do Not Resuscitate Order (CC/DNR) -Info & Sample Document

Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (MOLST)- Info & Sample Document

Tool Kits

Getting Started: Health Care Proxy & Personal Directive documents

Next Steps: Information re: Durable Power of Attorney, CC/DNR, MOLST

Talk About Managing Chronic Illness

Download handy discussion guides to manage chronic illness, and match good care goals, values and choices.

For Consumers: 5 Things to Talk About with Your Care Providers

For Care Providers: 5 Things to Talk About with Patients and Clients

Live Well with Serious Illness

Health Care Road Map Serious Illness

Talk with your health care providers about treatment options. Add and up date planning documents.

What is Serious Illness?

Serious illness care is for patients of any age who are considered to be at risk for a life-threatening medical event because they have a serious life-limiting medical condition or a medical frality.  A serious illness diagnosis can include  Severe Heart Disease, Metastatic Cancer or Malignant Brain Tumor, Advanced Lung Disease or Renal Disease, Advanced Neurodegenerative Disease (Dementia).  Serious illness care is provided from initial diagnosis, through managing changing treatment options, to end of life.

Get Information & Fact Sheets

Plan: Write down your choices

Here are the 5 MA planning documents. Download single documents or use the tools kits:

Single Documents

Health Care Proxy

Personal Directive (Living Will)

Durable Power of Attorney-  More information

Comfort Care/Do Not Resuscitate Order (CC/DNR)- Info & Sample Document

Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (MOLST)- Info & Sample Document

Tool Kits

Getting Started: Health Care Proxy & Personal Directive documents

Next Steps: Information re: Durable Power of Attorney, CC/DNR, MOLST

Talk About Living Well with Serious Illness

Download handy discussion guides to live well with serious illness, and match good care to goals, values and choices.

For Consumers:

5 Things to Talk About with Your Care Providers

Let's Talk About Palliative Care

For Care Providers:

5 Things to Talk About with Patients and Client

Let's Talk About Palliative Care