How to use the Plan Well Quick Guide

Would you prefer to watch the guide as a movie instead? Click on the video link on the side of this page to watch the different sections of the Quick Guide (coming soon)

The Plan Well Quick Guide is meant to help you clarify what’s important to you and determine what types of medical treatments that you might or might not want in certain medical situations. Once you’ve read through the information, you can fill out a brief questionnaire to make a plan or to help someone make their plan. You’ll be able to download your plan, print it and share it with others. It is really important that you discuss this plan with your doctors and substitute decision-maker, the person who would speak for you if you couldn’t speak for yourself. You can click on the video link on the side of this page to watch a conversation between a doctor and patient talking about wishes for medical care.

Here’s how to use the Quick Guide:

Use the NEXT button to move through the guide:
You can go through each section of the website by using the tabs on the right side, or by using the NEXT button under the tabs on the right side of the page. We recommend you go through each section in order, starting with “Serious Illness Decision-making”. But do feel free to go back and forth between the tabs to get the information you need.

There are questions to help you think about what’s important to you or to a loved one. You might want to have a pen and paper handy to write down questions or notes as you go through the website. There will be a place to record your questions and notes when you make your plan.

Use the “Make a Plan” tab to create your plan:
We will be asking you a few questions about yourself (or about the person you are helping) and also ask you to agree to providing us with anonymous information to help us make our planning tool better. Your information will be kept confidential and anonymous, and will not be used for any other purpose. If you can’t finish the plan, you can save it and come back to it later, using the ‘Log into my plan” tab.

Download or Print your “Dear Doctor” letter:
Once you’ve finished answering the questions, you will receive your plan as a “Dear Doctor” letter. You can share this with your doctor and health care team, as well as your loved ones. Make sure that you share it with your Substitute Decision Maker, the person who would speak for you if you couldn’t speak for yourself.

Remember, you are not making medical decisions today – you are thinking about what would be important to you (or to the person you are helping) during a serious illness, based on your current health status.

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