WHEN IT COMES TO YOU,
YOU’RE THE EXPERT
If you become seriously ill, there’s one thing no medical expert can tell you: what matters most to you.
Share this with your doctors, and you become part of a team that will deliver the kind of care that’s right for you.
Share what matters most with those closest to you, and they’ll know how to act on your behalf if you’re unable to.
Below are some tips on asking for what you want from your care, and how we can help.
COVID-19 Update: Be sure to explore conversation and planning resources created specifically for this time.
IT’S OKAY TO HAVE YOUR SAY
The Conversation Project Starter Kit is a great place to start. It will help you think through questions like:
- What’s your good day look like?
- What matters most to you when it comes to your life and health?
- What factors play into your medical decisions?
Because open conversations, early and often, are key.
Four WAYS TO SHARE WHAT YOU CARE ABOUT
Make it official and put your choices and thoughts in writing. It’s how we can give those we love the guiding principles they need to confidently make decisions for us.
The more we speak up, the better our care can be. Share with your doctor what matters most and who will speak for you if you can’t. These discussion guides for conversations with your doctor cover every age and stage of health.
MAKE COVID-19 PART OF THE CONVERSATION
This COVID-specific guide will help you think through what matters, as well as the care you’ll want, especially if you’re at high risk for coronavirus.
If you’re worried about safety when receiving medical treatment or visiting a hospital, this medical planning tip sheet has practical advice on advance planning, what to pack in your hospital "go bag" and more.
You can also find more information and help at our
Coronavirus Resource Center.