What We Do
To encourage advance care planning conversations among individuals, families and healthcare providers throughout our communities so that individuals’ healthcare choices are best honored.
One of the greatest misconceptions about advance care planning (ACP) is that it is a static process, a one-time event. Attempting to plan for all possibilities in a single document or at a single point in time is both impossible and unnecessary.
Looking at the chart below, you will see that there are distinct stages to the advance care planning process – the first stage is for adults who otherwise are healthy and who wish to begin the discussion about their future healthcare goals.
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Through a process of communication Honoring Choices Virginia will help individuals
• Understand their choices for future healthcare
• Reflect on personal goals, values, religious, or cultural beliefs
• Talk to physicians, healthcare agents, and other loved ones as needed.
To be effective, this process of communication needs to be individualized, based on a person's state of health, and revisited at appropriate times. The "stages of planning" have three distinct and focused "steps."