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What Is Advance Care Planning?

What Is Advance Care Planning?

Advance care planning involves learning about the types of decisions that might need to be made, considering those decisions ahead of time, and then letting others know about your preferences. These preferences are often put into an advance directive, a legal document that goes into effect only if you are incapacitated and unable to speak for yourself. This could be the result of disease or severe injury—no matter how old you are. It helps others know what type of medical care you want. It also allows you to express your values and desires related to end-of-life care. You might think of an advance directive as a living document—one that you can adjust as your situation changes because of new information or a change in your health.

Source: National Institute on Aging - Advance Care Planning

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Advance Directives Workshop

Advance Directives Workshop

It is never too early to have meaningful conversations regarding healthcare choices.This workshop gives an overview of Advance Health Care Directives, the legal document that gives you control over medical decisions that will be made if you ever become seriously ill or injured. It makes sense for every adult to have one. Each workshop includes time for questions and one-on-one assistance. Co-sponsored by the Alliance for Living and Dying Well. Free of charge and open to the community.

Date and Time
For upcoming dates and locations, check the Sansum Clinic Health Education Calendar.

For more information, contact the Health Resource Center at (805) 681-7672.


Oncology Social Work Services and Counseling

Cancer can involve significant psychological, social, and economic challenges for patients and their families. How and if these challenges are addressed is an important aspect of a patient’s care plan. The Ridley-Tree Cancer Center employs clinical social workers who provide emotional and practical support for patients, their families, and their friends. Oncology Social Workers can provide advocacy and referrals as well as individual and family counseling services.

Services are available at no cost and are available to anyone in our community, regardless of where they are receiving medical care. 

For more information, call (805) 879-5690.  

Resources provided by the Cancer Resource Library are for informational purposes only. The information in these materials may or may not apply to your specific condition, and should not be construed as medical advice. We strongly encourage you to consult your healthcare provider to review anything you learn through these resources.

Ridley-Tree Cancer Center provides comprehensive cancer treatment and support programs for patients and families. We are recognized for medical excellence, a strong clinical research program, and a multidisciplinary approach to cancer prevention.

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