Medical Services

Advanced Care Planning to Relieve Your End-of-Life Concerns

Advanced Care Planning DiscussionsOur team at Family Physicians Group understands that advanced care planning can be a difficult topic to discuss, but our team makes it easy. We offer all the tools and resources you need to define your health care goals and share your long-term care wishes with your family, friends and medical team. You can trust our compassionate medical professionals and experience to relieve your end-of-life concerns. 

You Decide Your Advanced Medical Care 

At Family Physicians Group, we believe in giving you control over your advanced medical care. We hold orientation services with our specialists to openly discuss this care, so you know your options. This gives you the opportunity to get all the important answers about your care, relieving the anxiety your friends and family may face if you cannot communicate your wishes at the end of your life.  

Advanced care planning is often defined as “preventive medicine” because it communicates, in writing, your wishes about the future of your medical care and prevents confusion for your family and physicians. Our licensed, registered nurse case managers use their extensive health care experience to discuss your advanced medical care concerns and help you find a proactive care plan that relieves the stress on you and your family. If your condition or wishes change, we can easily adjust your advance instructions to reflect your new decisions.

Comfort in Uncertain Times with Advanced Health Care Support

As with all our services at Family Physicians Group, we use realistic, open communication to give you the best advanced health care that offers comfort in uncertain times. We identify all the advanced health care decisions you may face at the end of your life:

  • Living Will: A living will is a legal document that expresses your medical wishes in the event you are unable to speak or make decisions for yourself 
  • DNR: A Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) order states that you do not wish to be resuscitated (CPR) if your heart stops or you stop breathing
  • MPOA: A Medical Power of Attorney allows you to identify a health care agent who will have the legal right to make medical treatment decisions for you in the event you are unable to speak for yourself
  • Health Care Surrogate: A health care surrogate is an adult who is appointed to make health care decisions for you if you become unable to make them for yourself. The surrogate must be a trustworthy individual who accepts this responsibility in writing
  • Palliative Care: Palliative care addresses the pain, symptoms and stress of serious illness and aims to improve your quality of life. Palliative care is administered to patients with chronic illnesses and can be coupled with other medical treatments

To learn more about our advanced care planning at Family Physicians Group, please request an appointment with a member of our team. We’ll sit down with you to listen to your unique concerns and discuss all your end-of-life options.