ADVANCE CARE PLANNING
- What is advance care planning?
Advance care planning is a process in which you explore your values and wishes about your health care, learn about treatment options and decisions you may face, talk with your loved ones and health care providers about your wishes and record your wishes.
- What are advance directives?
An advance directive is a written record of your wishes regarding your health care that you make while you are able to do so and long before there is a medical crisis. Advance directives help your loved ones and health
care providers know what kind of health care you want. Advance directives go into effect ONLY when you are not capable of making decisions for yourself.
- When should I complete my advance directives?
Advance directives should be completed by competent adults 18 years of age or older while they are still capable of making decisions for themselves. Many people choose to complete their advance directives at an important life event such as a marriage or birth of a child and often as they are completing other legal documents such as a will.
- Where can I get copies of the SC statutory advance directives forms?
Five Wishes document are accepted as advance directives in SC. The Five Wishes document allows you to communicate your wishes to your family, friends and healthcare providers including decisions about medical treatments you may elect to receive or decline, what you want your loved ones to know about your health and who you would want to make sure your wishes are followed.
- What happens if I don’t have an advance directive?
If you do not have a written advance directive, health care providers and your loved ones may not know your wishes regarding your health care. The Adult Health Care Consent Act (SC Code of Laws Title 44 Chapter 66) provides a priority list of those who can make decisions in the absence of a written advance directive. The Act is not very specific, which may lead to disagreements regarding care among family members. Health care providers will more often go along with the family member who is the most vocal about the care that should be provided.