How to Think About Your Values: Advance Care Planning
While a doctor or a lawyer will ask you if you have an advance directive (e.g. living will), the conversation about your advance care wishes should truly start at home.
Completing an advance directive form isn’t about medical treatments or legal rights. It’s about making you the decision maker and sharing your values about what makes your life worth living.
For example, some people believe life is worth living if they can:
- Feed, bathe, and take care of themselves
- Be free from pain
- Talk to family and friends
Some people even say life is always worth living, no matter how sick they may become.
There are no right or wrong choices. What matters most is that you have taken the time to make choices and explain them to your loved ones.
The Pennsylvania Advance Health Care Directive Form (PDF) can help you think about your values and make decisions based on these values.
For more information, or to talk with someone about advance care planning, contact the UPMC Palliative and Supportive Institute at: