Advance Care Planning:
A Gift You Can Give this Holiday Season
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During this time of year as we celebrate the holidays, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) encourages Veterans to give an important gift to loved ones: the gift of making their health care preferences known.
Getting Started with Advance Care Planning – Geriatrics and Extended Care
You can also record your preferences in a legal document, called an advance directive – giving the gift of peace of mind to your loved ones if a health event in the future prevents you from making your wishes known.
Even if you have already filled out an advance directive, the holidays often provide opportunities to review or update your wishes with your loved ones.
After you complete the VA Advance Directive Form 10-0137 and sign it, give a copy to your health care provider and your family.
Unsure about taking the next step with advance care planning, talk with your VA provider, Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) or GeriPACT representative. Or ask a VA social worker if your location offers Advance Care Planning Group Visits.