Get Around TRUIT Advance Care Planning Campaign


Welcome to the Get Around TRUIT advance care planning campaign!  This three step program is designed to accomplish two goals: provide advance care planning (ACP) education and encourage you to complete a Medical Durable Power of Attorney.

Advance care planning is a task that falls to the bottom of everyone’s list. People often think this process is for older people or those with serious illness—anyone but ourselves.  92% of adults say it is important to talk about their end-of-life wishes, but only 30% do so.

Advance care planning helps give us control in unpredictable circumstances and provides confidence and comfort to those who matter most to us. It is truly a gift. We are here to help you check ACP off of your to-do list!

As The Conversation Project founder Ellen Goodman says, “It’s always too early, until it’s too late!”

Get Around TRUIT is an online self-study program that offers ACP education in three steps, each filled with information and activities to help you start your ACP journey. We want to help you THINK, UNDERSTAND, IMPLEMENT, and TELL others about your healthcare wishes and values. Please use the following materials at your own pace. In total, the education will take 3-5 hours to complete.  It is structured in weekly sections, but feel free to proceed in whatever way fits your schedule.  The official dates of the TRU employee campaign are November 8th-December 17th.  

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Week one is a time to THINK and REFLECT. If a serious injury or illness occurred, who would speak for you? How would that person be prepared to make the right decisions for you? Life is full of unexpected events. We cannot control when emergency situations occur. But, we can make sure our values regarding medical treatment and end-of- life care are documented and communicated with those who matter most. This process is called advance care planning and it starts with personal reflection on what matters to you.

1. What is advance care planning?

a. Watch Get Around TRUIT Advance Care Planning Video(17 minutes)

b. NHPCO video (3:40)

c. Be Open, Be Ready, Be Heard video (1:55)

e. Dispel common ACP myths (article)

2. What is an advance directive?

a. Watch Get Around TRUIT Advance Directives Video(17 minutes) 

b. Keep this ACP glossary of terms handy during your learning process

c. Dr. Seuss Does Advance Directives Video (5:27)

d. Advance directive comparison table

3. Why is ACP important for me?

a. I’m Young and Healthy: Why do I Need an Advance Health Care Directive? (article)

b. ACP is not just for old sick people. Read this compelling story of sudden accident and temporary incapacitation (article).

4. What matters most to you?

a. Play the Go Wish card game online

b. Complete a personal reflection with these guided questions

c. Miss Norma's story video (2:21)

d. Prepare for step 2 by working through The Conversation Starter Kit. You will use this as a guide in future conversations.

No one wants to talk about death. However, having conversations with those who matter to you is a gift to them and your future self. Learn more about “the conversation” and download tools to help get started.

1. How can I prepare my loved ones? Learn about “the conversation.”

a. IHI video (1:44)

b. The Conversation on ABC World News (4:37)

c. Talking to My Community video (3:10)

d. Have the Conversation video (9:40)

2. Who will speak for you? How to choose a healthcare agent.

a. Why You Need a Healthcare Agent (article)

b. Who Will Speak for You video (2:02)

c. Health care agent comparison tool

3. Start the conversation.

a. Practice Makes Perfect video (1:18)

b. Make a commitment! Decide with whom, when, and where to have the conversation

c. Use your completed Starter Kit and everything you have learned to guide your conversation.

Take action and complete your Medical Durable Power of Attorney and whatever other advance directives make sense for you. Then, distribute copies to the healthcare agent you named in the MDPOA, other important family and friends, your primary care physician, medical specialists, and hospital system. Completing and sharing your documents are important steps in implementing your plan. Advance care planning is for all adults. We encourage you to spread the word and tell 2-3 people how important it is to begin the advance care planning journey.

1. Complete a Colorado Medical Durable Power of Attorney

2. Share your completed MDPOA with your new health care agent, close friends and family, as well as your medical providers.

3. Share the advance care planning love by telling others how important it is to start the process.

4. Remember that this is a process with no clear ending. Learn when to review advance care planning.

a. Having the conversation once is not enough (blog)

b. Review this guide to determine when to revisit your ACP