Take time to plan ahead now so future healthcare challenges don’t create difficult questions and unnecessary worry for family caregivers and decision makers. Honoring Choices Florida – Florida’s advance care planning initiative is supported and coordinated by Community Hospice & Palliative Care. Peace of mind comes when you have a conversation about your goals, beliefs and experiences and make your wishes known in advance.
Advance care planning (ACP) is a process of understanding, reflecting on and discussing your experiences, values and beliefs in an effort to identify how you want to live if faced with a serious or life-limiting illness. It may include identifying the care you would want at the end of your life. It is important to choose someone to speak on your behalf if you are unable to make your own decisions, and take comfort in knowing that person will convey your wishes. You can also decide if you want to complete an ACP document to put your wishes in writing. Finally, you will want to communicate your wishes to your family, friends, clergy, other advisors, physicians and other health care professionals to help ensure that your wishes are honored. For more information, visit HonoringChoicesFL.com
Community Hospice & Palliative Care partnered with six Northeast Florida hospitals to bring the program to patients and families in the community. The program is now being put into practice in various non-hospital settings with the goal to continually spread to other community sites.
The ACP process begins with a conversation with a specially trained Honoring Choices "facilitator" about goals, values, beliefs and experiences in planning for future health care needs. Ideally, this conversation should occur when you are healthy. The result will be a well-informed plan that identifies your health care wishes in the event of a serious or life-limiting illness.
If you choose to complete a written advance care plan without guidance from an Honoring Choices facilitator, make sure you: