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Advance Care Planning

What is Advance Care Planning? What is an Advance Directive? Help Completing a VA Advance Directive Other Types of Advance Care Planning
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Advance Care Planning is a process of clarifying your values and health care choices for use at a future time if you are no longer able to make decisions for yourself.

How do I get started with Advance Care Planning?
Advance Care Planning Values Worksheet Advance Care Planning Values Worksheet
  • Think about the types of medical treatments you would choose to have, or refuse, if you were ill or injured and could not make those choices for yourself. This two page handout provides information on Advance Care Planning and has a Values Worksheet on the back.
    Or, visit PREPARE, an interactive online program that can help you identify what is important to you in life. It also covers how to make medical decisions for yourself and others, how to talk with your health care providers and how to get the medical care that is right for you.
  • Choose your Health Care Agent and talk with them about your values and choices. For help in talking with your family, visit the Conversation Project which helps you prepare for advance care planning talks, offers helpful tips for starting a discussion, and provides a range of topics for you to think about.
  • Complete a VA Advance Directive.

You can also visit for additional health care ethics resources for Veterans, patients and family members.

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