Advance Care Planning

Choose, share, respect

Welcome to Henry Ford Health System's resource for advance care planning and end-of-life conversations. The purpose of this site is to provide information and tools to assist patients and families with end-of-life planning, decisions and documentation.

The reality is that too many of us spend our last days in ways we would never choose. According to a recent survey by the California HealthCare Foundation, more than 90 percent of people think it’s important to talk about their wishes for end-of-life care, yet less than 30 percent of people have discussed what they want. Expressing our end-of-life wishes relieves our families and loved ones from the burden of making tough decisions for us. Henry Ford Health System is committed to encouraging our patients and their loved ones to have an important conversation about their end-of-life wishes while healthy or before it's too late.

Henry Ford Health System is honored to be among 10 health care organizations nationwide serving as pioneer sponsors of "The Conversation Ready" project. The project’s goal is to break the silence and have every person's end-of-life wishes expressed and respected.

Start the conversation with your loved-ones. Choose someone you trust to be your Patient Advocate. Your Patient Advocate will make medical decisions for you if you are too sick or unable to make them yourself. Contact your doctor if you have questions about medical treatment options. Write your choices down on an Advance Directives and Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care form. Share the completed form with your doctors, nurses, social workers, friends, family, and Patient Advocate. Talk with them about your choices to ensure these choices are respected when the time comes.

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