Additional Resources

Advance Care Planning Workbook

This workbook will walk you through the process of advance care planning. You will find conversation tools, a quality of life assessment worksheet, treatment wishes worksheet, and end-of-life plans that are very helpful tools to guide the conversation with your loved ones. Helping to define what is important to you based on your goals, your perspectives, and your values are extremely important parts of this conversation.

Download the Advanced Care Planning Workbook PDF.


Advance Care Planning Toolkit

If you are looking at this tool kit, you are either thinking of making a health care advance directive (such as a living will or durable power of attorney for health care), or you may have already signed one. In either case, you should be aware that just having a written advance directive by itself does not ensure that your wishes will be understood and respected. Studies have shown that standard advance directive forms do little to influence end-of-life decisions without: 1) informed, thoughtful reflection about your wishes and values, and 2) personal communication between you and your likely decision-makers before a crisis occurs.

Download the Advanced Care Planning Toolkit PDF.


Making Medical Decisions for Someone Else: A How-To Guide

If you make health care decisions for someone else—or might at some future point—this handbook is for you. 

Download the Making Medical Decisions for Someone Else: A How-To Guide PDF.


A Guide to CPR

CPR stands for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and is an emergency medical process involving a number of emergent medical techniques that try to replicate the function of a person’s beating heart and lungs which have stopped working. Stating you do not want CPR in an advance directive is a preference, not a DNR medical order. Learn more about CPR and DNR orders using this guide. 

Download the ACP Decisions Guide to CPR.


Understanding Code Status

All patients admitted to a hospital or an outpatient facility (such as a dialysis center or outpatient surgery center) will be asked to choose a code status for the duration of their stay. Your chosen code status describes the type of resuscitation procedures, such as CPR, you would like the health care team to conduct if your heart stopped beating and/or you stopped breathing. Learn more about your code status options, definitions, and frequently asked questions from other patients.

Download the Understanding Code Status PDF.


Questions? 

Contact our office at 231-935-6176 or svanslyke@mhc.net.

You may also consider attending one of our free workshops. This is highly recommended for anyone over the age of 18 and at any stage in your life. 


Helpful Websites

The following are links to healthcare sites that you might find helpful. These sites are not part of Munson Healthcare and Munson Healthcare has no control over their content or availability. Inclusion on this list does not constitute an endorsement by Munson Healthcare. Please consult your physician regarding any health concerns.