Making Decisions - Geriatrics and Extended Care
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Making Decisions

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Veterans and their caregivers must think about many factors when making care and treatment decisions – choices that meet needs while honoring Veteran priorities.

Patient Priorities Care helps patients and health care providers focus all decision-making and health care on what matters most – patients’ own health priorities.

This type of care can work well for older adults with multiple conditions and many health care providers. Often, these patients receive care that can be burdensome and may not address what matters most to them.

Patient Priorities Care recognizes that, when faced with tradeoffs, older adults differ in their own health outcome goals – what they want to achieve from their care as well as their care choices – what they can do to achieve their goals.

These resources can help you identify your priorities, talk with your providers or loved ones about them, and make decisions about planning for long term care.