Horizon Planning® is not just about old age. At any age, a medical crisis could leave you too ill to make your own health care decisions. Even if you are not sick now, developing an advanced care plan and making health care plans for the future are important steps toward making sure you get the medical care you would want, even when doctors and family members are making the decisions for you.
It is important to have a conversation now, regardless of age, about your wishes with your loved ones and your primary care provider. This should be a two-sided conversation. Knowing your preferences might take some of the burden off family and friends.
Horizon Planning involves learning about the types of decisions that might need to be made, considering those decisions ahead of time, and then letting others know about your preferences. Everyone has a health horizon. Let’s plan for it.
There are various phases in your health that might trigger a conversation about Horizon Planning. As an adult, you are never too young or too old to discuss your Horizon Plan. The earlier you have these conversations, especially when you are healthy, the easier they are.
The first and most important step is to have a conversation with your loved ones and your primary care provider. There are also documents below to help you plan. Your primary care provider and these documents can help you organize and write down your wishes so that if and when the situation arises, your wishes can be known and followed.
Once completed, the living will, durable power of attorney or POLST can be submitted to your primary care provider and your hospital to become part of your shared care plan in your electronic health record.
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