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How can I prepare for palliative care?

There are a few practical steps you can take to prepare for palliative care.
  • Complete an advance healthcare directive, a legal document in which you make your medical wishes known, and identify a surrogate decision maker, also called an agent, to help communicate your medical wishes.
  • Discuss your medical wishes with this person and other close family and friends, as well as your doctor.
  • Keep copies of your advance directive at home and with your agent, doctor and local hospital.

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