*Please contact us if you would like to make an appointment for a day of the week or time other than those available online.*
Advance care planning is more than an advance directive. It is important for all adults as well as emancipated minors. It is about taking control of your own health care. And it is a gift to ourselves and those who know and care about us.
During your advance care planning appointment, you will be guided by an experienced, value neutral facilitator to reflect on and identify the values, beliefs, and goals that shape the way you make health care decisions. Your facilitator will then help you to share this information with others (through conversation and/or a written document, called an advance medical directive) so that decisions can be made for you if you ever cannot speak for yourself.
Honoring Choices Virginia will offer virtual advance care planning appointments every Friday from 12:00 to 4:30pm*. Appointments are open to all Virginians, healthy or living with well managed chronic illness. Those living with severe chronic illness or terminal illness should contact us to learn of other resources available to help with advance care planning.
Honoring Choices Virginia is also offering witnessing for advance medical directives on select dates. Witnessing will be provided outdoors in a responsible, socially distanced manner. Please see our facebook page for witnessing dates.
*Please contact us if you would like to request an appointment time for a day of the week or time other than those listed.
- Appointments will be conducted by an experienced, certified First Steps advance care planning Facilitator using the online Zoom meeting platform. You must have access to a computer or mobile phone with live video capability.
- Health care agents, family members, and other loved ones are invited to participate from their own location using a phone or computer. If loved ones reside in your home, they can participate using the same computer or phone as you.
- Educational and reference materials will be sent to you by email in advance of the appointment.
- You will have the option of completing an Advance Medical Directive during your appointment. To do so, you must download and print the Advance Medical Directive form that is emailed to you prior to your appointment. You will also need two witnesses (over age 18), who are not your health care agent(s), physically available when you sign the form. If you are unable to print the form or do not have two witnesses available, let your Facilitator know and an alternate plan will be developed for completing the form. Honoring Choices Virginia is offering witnessing for advance medical directives on select dates. Please see our facebook page for details and dates.