I used to think, like many of my legal peers still do, that Advance Care Planning is only for people who are terminally ill or irreversibly unconscious. Not so. Advance Care Planning is just one element of health literacy. When properly done, it's a plan to recognize how, when and where to access the health care information you need to make informed decisions in any health care situation. That may be preventive care, routine care, emergency care, and, yes, end-of-life care.
Please see my article posted on LifeZette today concerning the real significance of National Health Care Decisions Week: "Taking the Pain Out of Medical Decision Making"