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Honoring Your Wishes

Mission

The mission of Honoring Your Wishes is to promote and sustain a community-wide advance care planning process where individuals’ health care preferences are discussed, documented, and honored by families, friends, and the health care community.

Vision

Our vision is that the advance care planning process will be the standard of care ensuring that every individual’s health care choices are clearly defined and honored.

History

Iowa City Hospice recognized a need for an improved advance care planning process in the community, and provided initial funding and support to explore this possibility. In September of 2010, Iowa City Hospice invited community leaders to come together and learn about Respecting Choices, an evidence-based advance care planning system in La Crosse, WI. At that gathering, twenty-two community leaders volunteered to serve as a steering committee. The group first met in December 2010, and the initiative was launched in Johnson County.

What Is Advance Care Planning?

Definition

Advance care planning is a process for people to make informed decisions about healthcare preferences based upon their values and beliefs. It encourages reflection and discussion with people’s healthcare providers and their circle of support to determine healthcare goals and interventions. As people age and their life circumstances and health conditions change, it is important to regularly review and communicate healthcare preferences to ensure that healthcare wishes are honored.

We encourage all adults with decision making capacity to meet with a certified Advance Care Planning facilitator. To schedule an appointment, please click here.