Advance Care Planning: Taking Steps Brattleboro

Like wearing a seat belt, having a completed Advance Directive gives you a better chance of having the life you want.  During a health emergency, decisions can be so much easier when families have discussed and mapped out their wishes ahead of time.

Advance Directive for Health Care

What is it?

It’s a process of creating a written healthcare plan (advance directive) that tells others what you would want if you couldn’t tell them yourself.

Why do I need one?

If you had a serious illness or accident and couldn’t communicate, those closest to you would have to make healthcare decisions for you—it helps them to know what you would want.

What happens without one?

It can lead to unwanted medical treatments and interventions, and add more stress to an already stressful situation for those closest to you.

How does it work?

In 3 facilitated sessions, you complete your Advance Directive—supported by well trained volunteers who guide you to consider the best options for your care based on your values, goals and wishes.

Thinking about and planning ahead for emergencies and end-of-life situations when you

are in good health gives you and your loved ones the opportunity to prepare for a medical crisis

that can happen to anyone at any time.

Call us today–ask for Joanna Rueter, ACP Coordinator.

802-257-0775 (Brattleboro Area)
802-460-1142 (Greater Falls Area)

Joanna will arrange for an ACP volunteer to assist you in thinking through your advance care planning and completing your directive.

Taking Steps Brattleboro
A Program of Brattleboro Area Hospice
in partnership with
Vermont Ethics Network

Listen to Joanna Rueter our ACP Coordinator speak on WKVT about the program in this 13 minute interview: WKVT Radio Interview

Here are articles we recommend about end of life planning:

How to Plan for a Good Death

The Ultimate End of LIfe Plan

To learn more about our inspiration for Taking Steps Brattleboro, the highly successful Respecting Choices Program from LaCrosse, Wisconsin, here are two programs to watch

Listen to Dr. Haider Warraich explain the new realities we face at end of life:

Fresh Air Interview with Dr. Warraich


“Haider Warraich, a fellow in cardiology at Duke University Medical Center, tells Fresh Air‘s Terry Gross that death used to be sudden, unexpected and relatively swift — the result of a violent cause, or perhaps an infection. But, he says, modern medicines and medical technologies have lead to a “dramatic extension” of life — and a more prolonged dying processes.