What’s the first step in the advance care planning process?
Choose an advocate, also called a health care agent. This person would speak for you if you couldn’t speak for yourself.
This should be someone who:
• Knows you well
• Is calm in a crisis
• Understands how you would make the decision if you were able
• Is not afraid to ask questions and advocate to doctors
• Can reassure and communicate with your family
Your advocate can be a close relative or friend, but should be someone you trust to follow your wishes.
Find conversation starters on the OptumCare website.