What is Advance Care Planning?

Advance care planning is the making of decisions about the healthcare you would want to receive if you’re facing a medical crisis, and naming someone to be your voice if you were too sick to be able to speak for yourself(medical power of attorney). These are your decisions to make based on your personal values, preferences, and discussions with your loved ones. They are decisions best made when you are well or at your best. You may revisit these decisions as your healthcare needs change or in the event of an advancing or serious illness diagnosis.

How Do I Communicate My End-of-Life Care Wishes?

Discuss and share your thoughts and wishes with your loved ones, chosen medical power of attorney, primary providers, and healthcare team. These discussions will ensure that your loved ones and healthcare providers know you are receiving the care you want if you are facing a medical crisis.

How to Talk with Your Loved Ones

How to Talk with Your Healthcare Providers

How to Listen to Others End-Of-Life Wishes

Complete an Advance Directive Form to put your healthcare wishes into writing and name your medical power of attorney/agent.

Maine Health Care Advance Directive Form (free)

Five Wishes Form (fee for form)

Use of a Personal Attorney or Legal Council (fee for service)

  • Provide to medical agents, primary care providers, primary hospital and home healthcare team.
  • Keep a copy available in your home for emergency use.
  • If you update or change your Advance Directives, re-distribute updated copies.

To request assistance with your Advance Care Plan, contact your Home Healthcare Service Team. If facing a serious illness, seek a consult from a Palliative Care Service.

Other Resources

“Being Mortal” film – Dr. Atul Gawande

You have filled out your advance directive. Now what?

Are you traveling without a map? A Layperson’s Guide to Advance Care Planning