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Advance Care Planning in Nashville
Our care teams at Ascension Saint Thomas provide personalized, compassionate advance care planning.
Advance Care Planning (ACP) is a process for all adults that includes planning for future healthcare decisions by thinking about what matters most to you. You’ll write your preferences in an advance directive.
An advance directive is a legal document that goes into effect only if you are unable to make healthcare decisions for yourself.
ACP is about conversations that become documents — and documents that become conversations.
An advance directive allows you to choose someone to speak for you. They become your “voice” if you lose the ability to be part of making healthcare decisions on your own. This person is often referred to as your healthcare agent. Choose someone you trust to make healthcare decisions for you, such as a family member or friend. If you do not identify a healthcare agent in an advance directive, the laws in the state where you live may dictate who makes your healthcare decisions.
At Ascension Saint Thomas, we want you to be confident in your decisions. Advance care planning is a gift to you and your family. Talk to your healthcare provider to begin the ACP conversation today.
You can get started by completing the following legal form(s) called advance directives:
After you complete your state's legal document, explore Ascension's online tool: Allay. This second step from Ascension addresses other important end of life care topics, at no cost to you.