90%
of people say that talking with their loved ones about end of life care is important. . .

but only 27% have actually done so.

80%
of people say that if seriously ill. They would want to talk to their doctor about wishes for medical treatment toward the end of their life. . .

but only 7% report having had this conversation with their doctor.

82%
of people say it’s important to put their wishes in writing. . .

but only 23% have actually done it.

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Let us help you start this important conversation

Our association can help you start talking about your wishes for care with those you love and provide resources so that you can capture your wishes in writing. We can help answer basic questions about important documents and can speak more broadly to your group or community about the importance of planning for your care in advance of when you need it. While we can’t provide legal or medical advice, we can give you the information and resources you need to get started.

Beginning the Conversation

In addition to talking with us, there are a number of resources to help you get started. The Conversation Project has a starter kit you can download for free. They also have an excellent resource on how to choose or be a health care proxy. Not up for conversation? Consider the popular “Go Wish” card game, which can be a comfortable way to sort out your wishes. You can also play a free online version and print your results for later discussion.

Important Documents
Advance Care Documents

The most currently available forms can be found on the Indiana State Department of Health Website and include:

  • Health Care Representative Appointment
  • Life Prolonging Procedures Declaration
  • Living Will Declaration
  • Out-of-hospital Do Not Resuscitate Declaration and Order
  • Physicians Order for Scope of Treatment (POST) can be found on this website.

This site also includes important legal information.