Advance Care Planning

What is Advance Care Planning?

Advance care planning is a process of communication that starts with an important conversation with your loved ones about your hopes, fears, and wishes as it pertains to end-of-life.

Completing an advance directive provides you with an opportunity to share preferences for care as well as select an agent who can express healthcare decisions for you if you are unable to speak for yourself. Fort HealthCare, Rainbow Hospice Care, and Watertown Regional Medical Center are currently participating in a special advance care planning initiative called Honoring Choices Wisconsin. Together, our three organizations have trained 50 certified advance care planning facilitators – people with the skills to guide you through this important conversation and having the time to meet with you whenever and wherever it’s most convenient.

Individuals interested in scheduling a facilitated advance care planning conversation can call Fort HealthCare at (920) 568-5279, Watertown Regional Medical Center at (920) 262-4298 or Rainbow Hospice Care at (920) 674-6255.  This is a free service and to date, more than 1,000 such conversations have taken place locally.

Advance Care
Planning involves taking two important steps. 

1) Starting the conversation.

Call to schedule a facilitated conversation and put your end of life care wishes in place.

2) Completing your Advance Directive.

The attached Power of Attorney for Health Care form can be completed during your facilitated advance care planning conversation.

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