Are you and your family really prepared for what may come?

Plan for serious illness in advance and make sure you and your family are optimally prepared and protected.

Serious illnesses like severe COVID-19 pneumonia, a major car accident, or a stroke can happen at any time and without warning. In these instances, your loved ones will be called upon to make decisions for you. They will find the experience super stressful unless you prepare them adequately.

What is Advance Serious Illness Planning?

At it’s core, Advance Serious Illness Planning is a ‘new’ planning approach that will better prepare you and your family for serious illness or injury by understanding your values and treatment preferences in advance. We help you complete this planning in 3 stages as outlined in the Guide to Exploring, the Guide to Equipping and the Guide to Entrusting. Complete your plans online and download/print them to share with the people that matter most in your life.

In a randomized controlled trial, Advance Serious Illness Planning was shown to reduce the burden and conflict among loved ones and reduced stress, anxiety and depression in surviving family members. Patients who used our Advance Serious Illness Planning Guides:

Why do you need to do your Advance Serious Illness Planning?

When people get seriously ill, only 1 in 3 patients get the medical care that is right for them. Families are ill-prepared to make important decisions including the life and death decisions they are called upon to make on your behalf and consequently, suffer significant anxiety and stress. Moreover, if you survive your serious illness but are left vulnerable and incapacitated, many families struggle to provide you the best medical and personal care possible and end up quarreling about how to use your resources. The current ways of planning ahead for future illness are not working. Plan Well Guide is on a mission to change that!

The Journey to Optimal Planning

Your Advance Serious Illness Plan will equip your decision makers with a sound understanding of your values and preferences that will enable them to work effectively with doctors and other professionals so that your voice is best represented when you are vulnerable. Better preparation means you are more likely to get the care that is right for you with less stress and burden on your family.

Serious Illness Planning is NOT End of Life Planning.

At the point when you experience a serious illness, doctors will need to know whether to apply life-sustaining treatments, and they may not know for sure if you are dying. End of life plans don’t apply.

We want to help you understand how communicating your values and preferences are an important part of decision-making about your medical care during a serious illness — whether you live or die.

Think your legal documents have got you covered? Think again.

Did you know that the legal documents you might have already created are very inadequate to support your family in making the right decisions about your future medical or personal care decisions when you are incapacitated due to illness?

They do a great job of legally appointing a decision maker, but they don’t provide them with instructions for your care based on your own values and preferences. Also, most powers of attorney documents don’t include instructions to prevent misuse or abuse of your resources if you become vulnerable and unable to manage your own affairs.

Traditional planning efforts are unhelpful and do not adequately equip your family to manage your life and affairs if you aren’t able.  Ease the burden on them by creating your Advance Serious Illness Plan today.

What if you don’t plan?

Failing to plan could lead to undesirable outcomes such as:

  • family disagreement and conflict
  • stress on your family members and loved ones
  • anxiety and guilt for the decision makers, wondering if they made the right call
  • dying an undignified, uncomfortable death as a result of unwanted life-saving measures
  • being allowed to die when you would have rather lived

How confident is your representative in making life and death decisions for you?

It’s impossible to be 100% certain about what the right choice is in a life and death situation.

However, it’s a lot easier when your legal representative knows what you value, what your goals are, and what criteria you have chosen to base your decisions on.

Ease the burden of decision-making for your loved ones by putting your values on paper and create your Advance Serious Illness Plan today.

When should I make an
Advance Serious Illness Plan?

No Time Like the Present!

Have your loved ones ready to support you in your healthcare decision making if needed.

When Your Health is Changing

Have your loved ones ready to support you in your healthcare decision making if needed.

When Caregiving for a Loved One

Get equipped with their guidance in case of a medical event or illness.

When Preparing Your Will and Estate

Cover the essential must-knows before creating power of attorney for care and health directive documents.

Leaving someone to make medical, personal, and financial decisions for you without a plan is like leaving them to navigate uncharted territory without a compass or a guide. Equip them with planning tools from Plan Well Guide, giving them confidence in knowing their decisions are guided by your values.

~ Legal Representative 

To live well, age well, and die well, you need to Plan Well