Take Charge!

What matters most to you?

If you were facing serious illness, what kind of care would you want?

If you couldn’t speak for yourself, who would?

Planning for your future care can bring peace of mind – to you and your loved ones.

The four steps to take charge of your future care:

  • Think about what matters most to you.
  • Talk about your wishes with your family and friends.
  • Choose your health care agent.
  • Write it down – and share your plan.


We can help you take charge of your future care.


 More resources

California Advance Health Care Directive Conversation
Starter Kit
Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST)
Advance Health Care Directive  

The COVID-19 pandemic has made these conversations particularly relevant. We recommend this short document, Being Prepared in the Time of COVID-19 (also available in Spanish), and a number of resources from Respecting Choices.


The Take Charge Toolkit and the campaign to engage our community were created by Mission Hospice & Home Care and a coalition of local organizations, which are dedicated to creating a more compassionate community for people facing serious illness, death, and bereavement:

Channing House | Coastside Adult Day Health Center | Family Caregiver Alliance | Peninsula Volunteers, Inc. | Palo Alto Medical Foundation | San Mateo County Health System Aging and Adult Services | Senior Coastsiders | Seniors At Home | Village of the Coastside | Villages of San Mateo County