Advance Care Planning FAQ

Below are some questions about Advance Care Planning that seem to come up often. Spend some time exploring this page and the follow-up questions within each tab to get a better sense of the process and value of Advance Care Planning. If you have further questions, visit our Contact page for information about how to get in touch with a WAHA team member.

Advance Care Planning (ACP) is a process for anyone 18 years and older. This process helps you reflect upon, clarify, and discuss your health care wishes for medical care at a future time when you’re not able to speak for yourself. It involves two major choices:

  • Selecting someone you trust to make your health care decisions if you are incapable
  • Giving specific instructions about your care, goals, and values.

These are very important decisions, so it is best to make them after carefully considering your values, beliefs and experiences.

The process involves you, your loved ones, optimally a trained Facilitator, and eventually your health care providers.  Ideally it includes recording your wishes in a document and sharing it widely.