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Making Medical Decisions

At Saint Francis we want you to understand your health care choices and make your own medical decisions. When you are awake and thinking clearly, you, yourself can tell your healthcare providers what treatment you want.

However there may be times when you are not able to speak for yourself. There are several ways you can still have your wishes followed if that should happen, including completing a document that describes how you wish to be treated and appointing someone you trust to serve as your advocate if you could not speak for yourself.

What’s very important is that you discuss your wishes with your loved ones, so they understand your wishes and can feel confident acting on your behalf.

The following sites can provide more information.

  • Engage with Grace offers five questions to help you think about your wishes and discuss them with loved ones. Engagedwithgrace.org
  • The Grand Island Coalition for End of Life Care has resources for people with life limiting illness and their caregivers. www.respectmywishes.org
  • The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization offer resources for advanced care planning. http://www.caringinfo.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3277