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Advance Care Planning

At Covenant Health, we support an individual’s right to choose the care they want. Our Ethical Directives of Catholic Healthcare call on us to respect the dignity of each person.

Talking with your family, friends and your physician about your wishes for medical care at the end of your life is called advance care planning. It's a way for you, your loved ones and your physician to discuss the kinds of care you want and don't want at that time. You can also specify the care you would want if you become unable to speak or make decisions for yourself, due to a coma or other medical condition. When you write down your wishes, this kind of plan is called an advance directive. If you have an Advanced Care Directive, please bring it to your appointment. If not please download the form below and complete it.

Advance Directive Tool Kit

Learn how to make decisions about the care you would want to receive if you become unable to speak for yourself. Download a copy of Providence St. Joseph Health Advance Directive tool kit to assist you and your family in having the conversation, selecting a health care decision maker and completing an Advance Directive.

Five Wishes

Five Wishes serves as an Advance Directive and is a legally-valid tool available for your use. Five Wishes helps ensure your wishes, and those of your loved ones, will be respected-even if you cannot speak for yourself.

https://www.agingwithdignity.org/texas

MOST

Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment (MOST) is a form that describes your wishes about certain medical treatments in your current state of health. MOST orders allow people with advanced illness to plan ahead for circumstances when they may not be able to communicate their healthcare choices. Specially trained healthcare professionals will talk with you about your care preferences and your physician will complete and sign the MOST form. The MOST form follows you along the continuum of care: from home, to the hospital to long term care. The MOST form is for those with advanced illness. It is also appropriate for the frail and elderly.

Click here to download the Texas MOST form in English.

How to Get Started

The Center for Advance Care Planning and Advocacy

The best time to start the conversation about the kind of care you’d want if you were in an accident or became seriously ill is now. The Center for Advance Care Planning and Advocacy is dedicated to engaging the community and health care providers in conversations about what matters and ensuring that our patient’s care preferences are honored. We can help you think about the care you’d want, talk to your loved ones about your decisions, choose your advocate andcompletean advance directive. For additional resources, please visit our website at www.talkaboutwhatmatters.org

Start the Conversation with these Four Steps:

  1. THINK- about your values, goals and care preferences if you were to become seriously ill
  2. TALK - to your loved ones about these care preferences
  3. CHOOSE - someone to speak for you if you can’t speak for yourself
  4. COMPLETE - an Advance Directive

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