Advance Care Planning

Advance care planning is how you share your values, wishes and beliefs about the care you want to receive if you become terribly sick. Talking and writing down what matters to you with family and friends provides them peace of mind that they will make the right decision for you.

Some questions to consider when creating your advance care plan include:

  • Who would you choose and trust to speak for you about your health choices if you were unable to speak?
  • Does this person know what kind of care you want or do not want if you have a serious illness?
  • What care would you like to receive when you die?

Make sure to write down what you want on a legal document, like an advance health care directive, that you can share with your family and health care team. Putting a plan in writing helps those caring for you to honor your wishes.

At Hawaii Pacific Health, our team can help you make the decisions that are right for you. Here are ways you can get started with advance care planning:

Advance care plans can change at any time. Be sure to share any updates to your plan with your loved ones and health care team.

Advance Care Planning at Straub

Understanding advance care planning will help you determine kind of care you would and would not want if you became very sick. Knowing your health care wishes can provide comfort and peace of mind for you and your loved ones. Beginning the discussion for advance care planning can seem daunting, however Straub Medical Center is here to help you take the first step. Contact your primary care provider today to discuss how creating an advance care plan can help you. You may also join us at Straub Medical Center for an Advance Care Planning Class.

If in the event you are hospitalized, your physician, nurse or social worker may schedule an appointment with an Advance Care Planning Facilitator.

This service is available at:   Kapiolani Pali Momi Straub Wilcox


Advance Directive Information (PDF)
What to include in your advance care directive, designating your agent, indicating wishes for comfort care and making sure your directive is honored.

Advance Care Planning Information (PDF)
What is advance care planning and what are the benefits of having one.

Advance Care Planning Education Packet (PDF)
Instructions for advance health care directives, plus educational information about CPR, and helping with breathing and tube feeding.

Hawaii Advance Health Care Directive Form (PDF)
Use this fillable form to designate your agent and specify your individual instructions for end-of-life decisions.

Hawaii Durable Power of Attorney Form (PDF)
Use this fillable form to grant power of attorney to your agent to make decisions about your property.

Fax Template for Advance Care Planning Documents (PDF)
Cover sheet for transmitting advance care planning documents by fax.

Advance Directive Video
Emmi patient education video with helpful information about advance directives.

Kokua Mau
Hawaii-focused organization with resources for those with serious illnesses and their loved ones.

National Portable Medical Orders
Provider Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) for seriously ill or frail individuals.

The Conversation Project
Helping people share their wishes for care through the end of life.

The GoWish Game
Play the GoWish online game to consider the importance of various choices and help voice those choices now.

Hui Pohala
Coalition working to improve access to high-quality palliative care throughout Hawaii.

Advance Directives Information via Emmi Patient Education Videos

Go to Emmi Video Page

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