The choice is yours

Life is all about choices. There are simple choices and then there are the really hard choices: those we sometimes don’t want to make, talk about, or even think about.

If you were in a car accident today and had to be placed on life support, have you thought about what care you would need? Have you told anyone what matters to you if you were in this situation? If you had a stroke and were left paralyzed and unable to speak, do you have someone designated to speak for you? Does this person know what matters to you and what decisions you might make for yourself if you could? It’s a lot to think about, and it can be overwhelming. Vidant Health is here to help.

No one wants to think about dying, but it’s going to happen to all of us one day. You have the power to make your own decisions about your future health care, including end of life care, now. THE CHOICE IS YOURS. Advance care planning is a process that helps you decide what care you would want or don’t want if you are faced with a health crisis and are unable to communicate for yourself.

The Steps

The process is ideally completed while you are well, and not in a crisis as this allows you to thoughtfully consider your values and treatment preferences, so that these align. If your choices for future health care are known, they can be respected. This guide will walk you through the process of completing your advance care plan, step-by-step.


 

  

Think About

Think about what matters most to you. 


 

  

Talk About

Talk about it with your family, friends and health care provider(s). 


 

  

Put it in Writing

Document your preferences in a legal form. 


 

  

Share

Share Your Advance Directives with your family, friends and health care providers. 


 

  

Review

Review your documents periodically, but at least annually.. 



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If you are interested in becoming a facilitator for advance care planning, please download this information packet and follow the registration instructions.


Upcoming Events

    • JUN28

      Advance Care Planning - The Most Important Conversation We're Not Having

      June 28, 2017   2:00 pm - 3:30 pm, Three Rivers Health & Rehabilitation Center, 1403 Conner Drive, Windsor, NC 27983

      Bringing up end of life issues with your family can be challenging. Making your wishes known in legal documents can be even tougher. Yet, having the conversation now, while you are well and not in a crisis, will help ensure that your wishes are honored. Read more

    • JUL14

      Advance Care Planning – The Most Important Conversation We’re Not Having

      July 14, 2017   2:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Vidant Edgecombe Hospital, Classroom, 111 Hospital Drive, Tarboro, NC 27886

      Bringing up end of life issues with your family can be challenging. Making your wishes known in legal documents can be even tougher. Yet, having the conversation now, while you are well and not in a crisis, will help ensure that your wishes are honored. Read more

    • JUL18

      Advance Care Planning – The Most Important Conversation We’re Not Having

      July 18, 2017   10:00 am - 12:30 am, Vidant Wellness Center – Washington, 1375 Cowell Farm Road, Washington, NC 27889

      Bringing up end of life issues with your family can be challenging. Making your wishes known in legal documents can be even tougher. Yet, having the conversation now, while you are well and not in a crisis, will help ensure that your wishes are honored. Read more

 

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