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Advance Care Planning via Group Visits Program (ACP-GV)

Overview of ACP-GV Program

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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

VA Advance Directive

Item  Link Description 

VA Form 10-0137 - VA Advance Directive 

VA Form 10-0137 If you’ve already thought about your health care decisions, you may be ready to complete an advance directive now. The VA advance directive form is available online or your PACT team can provide a copy 

VA Form 10-0137 (Spanish) - VA Advance Directive (Spanish)

VA Form 10-0137 (Spanish/English) Si ya ha pensado en sus decisiones de atención médica, es posible que esté listo para completar una directiva anticipada ahora. La versión en español del formulario de directiva anticipada de VA está disponible en línea o su equipo de PACT puede proporcionar una copia.

VA Form 10-0137A - What You Should Know about Advance Directives 

VA Form 10-0137A Learn more about making decisions for future health care by speaking with your PACT team. You can also learn more by reviewing VA’s “What You Should Know about Advance Directives.”