None of us knows what the future holds or what possible medical decisions we may have to make. The most important thing you can do now is choose who you trust to speak for you if you are ever unable to make your own medical decisions.
To schedule a free consultation with one of our Choices and Champions® navigators*, call toll-free 1-844-677-5134
That’s where Choices and Champions® comes in. This free service provided by Novant Health UVA Health System is designed to help you name your healthcare champion and think about other medical choices you may face in the future. Our navigators are also available to help you fill out the necessary paperwork to make your decisions legally binding. *currently available at PWMC and Haymarket MC.
Your healthcare champion
A champion is someone who stands up for and supports another person. There are many types of champions who take care of us when we are sick. For example, family and friends who drive us to our appointments, bring us food and keep us company in times of need are champions. So are our doctors and nurses. There are also champions we trust to speak for us when we are not able to make or declare our wishes ourselves.
Why act now?
Deciding now is the best way to make sure your wishes are honored. It can be easy to put off making these decisions because we don't like to think about them, or we assume we can wait until we’re older. The fact is that a sudden injury or illness can happen to any of us at anytime. By talking about your wishes with those you love, you will help them know how to speak for you if you are ever unable to make your own medical decisions.
Choices and Champions® helps you understand your options and make those decisions now – so that your wishes are clear to your doctors and, most importantly, your family. By putting your wishes in writing and choosing a champion to speak for you if you cannot, you can be sure your values are respected and your choices honored. That’s why it’s important to take time now to choose your champions and talk with them about the things that are most important to you.