Borgess Advance Directives

A Single Conversation About Your Medical Treatment Can Make an Immeasurable Difference

Nobody plans to get sick or wants to make difficult medical decisions. Yet, at any time, a serious illness or injury can happen. That’s why it’s important to not only talk to your loved ones, but also your health care team about your wishes, as well as your medical treatment if there’s a life-threatening illness or injury.

As your partners in health for your life’s journey, Borgess encourages you to talk about what matters to you in a medical situation where you might not be able to speak for yourself. To learn more, please download our educational booklet about Durable Power of Attorney (DPOA) for health care and the need to choose a patient advocate.

We also recommend:

The Conversation Project Starter Kit
National Healthcare Decisions Day
The Conversation Project
The Conversation: A Family's Private Decision

The Facts

According to a survey of Californians by the California HealthCare Foundation, 60 percent of people say that making sure their family isn’t burdened by tough medical decisions is “extremely important” ... But 56 percent have not communicated their end-of-life wishes

82 percent of people say it’s important to put their wishes in writing ... But only 23 percent have actually done it.