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Advance care planning – It’s important for adults of all ages

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Do you get a little uncomfortable thinking about how you want to live at the end of life? You're not alone. That's why it's important – at any age – to make decisions about medical care you want if your health starts to decline. It's equally important to share your plan with loved ones who may need to make decisions about medical treatment for you.

Schedule a virtual appointment with one of our Honoring Choices facilitators.

Why document your healthcare wishes

Advance care planning helps you identify how you want to live if you face a serious illness or life-limiting injury. Your decisions express deeply personal perspectives on what makes life worth living. They reflect your values, faith and culture.
When you put your directives into a written document, you lift a burden from family members and caregivers. They can turn to your advance care plan for guidance to make healthcare decisions on your behalf if you are not able to communicate your preferences.

Start a conversation

You can take advantage of free advance care planning assistance offered by Goshen Health. Our facilitators are trained by Honoring Choices to guide you through important steps to build your plan.

Virtual advance care planning appointments are available for adults of any age. You can request a daytime or evening hour that fits your schedule at
Here are topics a facilitator may use to get a conversation started during your visit:

  • Priorities that are most important to you
  • Values, beliefs and goals you use to make healthcare decisions
  • How to fill out advance care directive forms
  • Ways to share your wishes with your doctor

You also can get the tools you need to complete legal documents and appoint a health care representative.

Schedule your advance care planning appointment

We're ready to help you start your advance directives plan. Request a virtual appointment or call us at (574) 364-2288 to find out more about our planning services.

Indiana advance directives documents

Here are advance directives documents and forms for the state of Indiana that you can download from the Indiana Department of Health:

  • Living will
  • Healthcare representative
  • Healthcare power of attorney
  • Do not resuscitate order (DNR)
  • Organ and tissue donation
  • Physician orders for scope of treatment (POST)

Learn more about state-specific advance directives for end-of-life care.

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