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Advance Care Planning

NOTICE: Trusted Decision Maker

At most Providence locations, patients with decision-making capacity can now verbally designate a trusted decision maker, which doctors and nurses can document in your electronic health record.

The trusted decision maker conversation can be a step toward completion of a legal advance directive.

A trusted decision maker note is not a legal document. It does not take place of state laws. However, a trusted decision maker in your file has information that may be crucial for your doctor and family.

Providence policy encourages all adult patients and all caregivers to have an advance directive on file.

Advance Care Planning

Start the conversation about how we care for each other.

Advance care planning focuses on making decisions about the care you would want if you were unable to speak for yourself. It’s about your loved ones and caregivers honoring your care wishes based on your values, goals and preferences if you were to become seriously ill or in an accident. Thinking about and talking about advance care planning can be difficult, but you and your family don’t have to do this alone.

Our compassionate experts at The Center for Advance Care Planning and Advocacy can guide you through this process. We’re here for you. Let’s talk about what matters today.

To get started, follow these four easy steps:

  1. THINK- about your values, goals and care preferences

  2. TALK - to your loved ones and care providers about your care preferences

  3. CHOOSE - an advocate to make health care decisions for your when you are unable to speak for yourself

  4. COMPLETE - an advance directive, and give a copy of it your advocate, loved ones, provider and hospital of choice