VHA Social Work
Advance Care Planning via Group Visits Program (ACP-GV)
Overview of ACP-GV Program
VA is offering interactive groups where you can join other Veterans to learn more about identifying the person you trust to make health care decisions for you if you cannot make them for yourself. You are welcome to attend with a trusted other regardless of your health status, age, or knowledge of advance care planning.
Any time a person is unable to make decisions for themselves (i.e. serious injury, unconscious, mental health episode), advance care planning can assist your healthcare providers, caregivers, and trusted others in decision-making.
The group may discuss:
- Experiences related to making health care decisions for another person
- Considerations of the types of health care treatments that would or would not be acceptable for you
- Considerations for determining the person you trust to make decisions for you if you are unable
- Goals and next steps toward completing an Advance Directive
Check with Social Work Service or your PACT Social Worker to get more information on advance care planning and the availability of groups in your area.
Veteran quotes after attending a group session
“I am so glad I attended this group. I had no idea about what I could do to make things easier for me and for my family down the road. Completing my advance directive has given me peace of mind.” -Veteran, White River Junction, Vermont
“This workshop was very helpful as it answered the questions I had.” -Veteran, Muskogee, OK
“Even though I was already familiar with the topic, this was really a good group. It helped me to refresh myself because it’s one of those things we choose to not think about.” -Veteran, Nashville, TN