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Advance-Care Planning

Advance-care planning is making decisions about the end-of-life care you want to receive before events make this impossible. Here are some things that are important to let your family and doctors know:

  • Who you want to make healthcare decisions for you when you can't make them.
  • The kind of medical treatment you want or don't want.
  • How comfortable you want to be.
  • How you want people to treat you.
  • What you want your loved ones to know.

Advance Directives

”Advance directive” describes two types of legal documents that enable you to plan for and communicate your end-of-life wishes in the event that you are unable to communicate: a Medical Power of Attorney and a Living Will.

  • Medical Power of Attorney allows you to appoint a person you trust as your healthcare agent (or surrogate decision maker), who is authorized to make medical decisions on your behalf if you are unable to speak for yourself.

  • Living Will allows you to document your wishes concerning medical treatments that you would or would not want if facing a serious or life-limiting illness.


Caring Connections

Caring Info is a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization that provides free resources to help people make decisions about end of life care and services.

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Coalition for Supportive Care of Kidney Patients

The Coalition for Supportive Care of Kidney Patients (CSCKP) brings together like-minded people who care deeply about the quality of compassionate, supportive care for kidney patients. The coalition offers professionals from many disciplines and laypersons who are working for true patient-centered care that values quality of life.

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Planning Today for Tomorrow's Healthcare: A Guide for People with Chronic Kidney Disease

This brochure will provide details on how to have control over your healthcare in the event that you cannot speak for yourself.

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The Conversation Project

This website is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end of life care.

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