Advanced care planning involves making decisions about the type of care you would like to receive if you are unable to make the decisions and communicate effectively because of a medical condition or old age. Advance care planning involves fully understanding the types of decisions that may need to be made, considering the possible decisions ahead of time, and then making your preferences clear to your loved ones by putting them into an advance directive. This advance directive will only go into effect if medical conditions or old age leaves you incapacitated and unable to communicate effectively for yourself.

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