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How to prepare

Advance Care Planning assures you that your choices are heard and followed in life-threatening situations when you are unable to speak for yourself. It involves:

  • Completing an Advance Directive form, a legally recognized document detailing your choices.
  • Naming a Patient Advocate to act on your behalf to carry out your health care choices if you cannot voice them.
  • Discussing your choices with your family and health care provider.
  • Putting your Advance Directive in a safe, easy-to-find place.

For more information on Advance Directives, click here.

For more information on other aspects of end-of-life planning, such as designating a durable power of attorney and your rights and responsibilities as a patient, click here.

Sparrow Hospice Services

Sparrow Hospice Services - a non-profit hospice agency committed to providing care to everyone regardless of the level of their insurance or their ability to pay - provides compassionate care to relieve physical, mental and spiritual pain. Hospice Services’ comprehensive approach offers in-home care to residents in nine counties throughout mid-Michigan, as well as an inpatient program located in Lansing. For more information, click here.

Sparrow Palliative Care Service

Sparrow Palliative Care Service focuses on patients with serious illness whose prognosis is uncertain. Prevention and relief of pain and other distressing symptoms are important for a patient’s quality of life and may help patients to complete difficult treatment. The primary goals of palliative care are to relieve distressing symptoms, ensure patient comfort and support patients and families with medical decision-making. Palliation of symptoms may also include life-prolonging treatment. For more information, click here.