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Welcome to the Central Virginia Advanced Directives Collaborative

The CVADC is serving as a convener of interested parties to broaden and strengthen a community-wide conversation on Advance Directives.

WHO? 

The collaborative consists of 50+ members representing 20+ organizations, including the governments of Charlottesville and Albemarle County, Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital, The University of Virginia Health System, The Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA), Hospice of the Piedmont, Region Ten, Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission, Virginia Department of Health, Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, JAUNT, Legal Aid Justice Center, Home Instead, Meals on Wheels, Charlottesville Free Clinic, Alzheimer’s Association, Piedmont Housing Alliance, Albemarle County Medical Society, and more

WHY?

There have been many stand-alone groups in the area that have had successful programs on increasing awareness of the importance of advance directives for people of all ages, but none have resulted in a significant uptick in actual submissions of completed directives to healthcare providers. We hope that the larger scale of a community-wide effort will result in more advanced directives being completed.

Get Started on Your Advance Directive Today!

1- Print and fill out an Advance Directive form.

2- Unsure about what choices to make on the AD form? See the Prepare For Your Care Guide, What Happens When We Can’t Make Medical Decisions for Ourselves, and the book, Hard Choices for Loving People, on our Resource Page or make a virtual advance care planning appointment with a certified facilitator from Honoring Choices Virginia https://honoringchoices-va.org/virtual-acp-clinic-appointments.

3- It is important to make copies of your advance directive and give them to your primary care physician, your local hospital, your attorney, and family and loved ones. You can also upload your advance directive to the Commonwealth of Virginia Advance Health Care Directive Registry.

          

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Vital Signs: An Advance Care Plan is a gift to your family

By: Tammy James Daily Progress – After enduring the pandemic over the past two years, we can probably agree that life is unpredictable and precious. As a hospital chaplain providing care for people facing challenging health conditions, I have witnessed the importance of people having an Advance Care Plan/Advance Directive/Living Will in place. No matterContinue reading “Vital Signs: An Advance Care Plan is a gift to your family”

Learn More about Advance Directives this National Healthcare Decisions Day

Advance Directives for Family Members Dr. Timothy Short, Chief Medical Officer and Director of the Education Institute at Hospice of the Piedmont and CVADC member discusses the importance of advance directives for oneself and family members. Watch the video below to learn more! Advance Directive Information for Healthcare Professionals Dr. Timothy Short, Chief Medical OfficeContinue reading “Learn More about Advance Directives this National Healthcare Decisions Day”

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