Advance care planning is your chance to state your wishes when major medical events or accidents dramatically impacts your abilities and health. Think of this as the ‘what if’ planning that you share with trusted family and friends and your care team. The final document is call an advanced directive. It specifies what medical treatments a person would like to receive or refuse if they become incapacitated and unable to make their own decisions.

In fact, the most common types of advanced directives are living wills and durable power of attorney for healthcare. Lastly, this directive communicates your end-of-life care wishes and  appoints a healthcare proxy.  This person is also known as a medical power of attorney.