Advance Care Planning
Advance care planning is making decisions about the end-of-life care you want to receive before events make this impossible. Here are some things that are important to let your family and doctors know:
- Who you want to make healthcare decisions for you when you can't make them.
- The kind of medical treatment you want or don't want.
- How comfortable you want to be.
- How you want people to treat you.
- What you want your loved ones to know.
”Advance directive” describes two types of legal documents that enable you to plan for and communicate your end-of-life wishes in the event that you are unable to communicate: a Medical Power of Attorney and a Living Will.
Medical Power of Attorney allows you to appoint a person you trust as your healthcare agent (or surrogate decision maker), who is authorized to make medical decisions on your behalf if you are unable to speak for yourself.
Living Will allows you to document your wishes concerning medical treatments that you would or would not want if facing a serious or life-limiting illness.
Caring Info is a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization that provides free resources to help people make decisions about end of life care and services.View Resource
Coalition for Supportive Care of Kidney Patients
The Coalition for Supportive Care of Kidney Patients (CSCKP) brings together like-minded people who care deeply about the quality of compassionate, supportive care for kidney patients. The coalition offers professionals from many disciplines and laypersons who are working for true patient-centered care that values quality of life.View Resource
Planning Today for Tomorrow's Healthcare: A Guide for People with Chronic Kidney Disease
This brochure will provide details on how to have control over your healthcare in the event that you cannot speak for yourself.View Resource
The Conversation Project
This website is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end of life care.View Resource