Did you know, Wisconsin does NOT have a next-of-kin law? This means that if you are unable to make your own medical decisions due to an accident or illness, that your loved ones are not automatically able to make medical decisions for you—unless you have named them in a document called an advance directive (i.e. Power of Attorney for Health Care).
Advance care planning is an important discussion for everyone 18 years and older. An advance care plan (i.e. advance directive) provides information about your medical wishes to your family and health care providers in case illness or injury prevents you from telling them yourself. This planning process helps you clarify what others need to know if you have a serious illness or become unable to make health care decisions for yourself.
ProHealth Care offers FREE advance care planning classes, taught by a trained advance care planning facilitator. During the class, our trained staff will walk you through how to identify your medical goals and preferences, how to choose a health care agent, a review of the advance directive document, and if you like, how to complete your document. Please encourage loved ones to attend with you.