Advance Care Planning
Although not innovative, the best way to encourage patients to execute a planned healthcare directive is to foster a meaningful conversation with them about what happens when they lack capacity. How will their voice be heard if they cannot speak for themselves. When skilled personnel have the dialogue with the patient/family, we find greater uptake in completion of this important paperwork.
Taking the conversation from an ambiguous idea to an action based focus always helped me when I was doing field work. Totally agree with Anne that the person having this conversation needs to fully understand it themselves in order to authentically explain Advance Directive options and promote engagement. My experience was that even those who stated they had one in place, many times didn't know where it was or how to locate it (attorney, safety deposit box, safe). I would ask those that had one to produce a copy, educate those that didn't to assess if they would be open to executing one. When the AD was completed, we would agree to place it in an envelope, along with a current medication list, and attach it to the fridge for retrieval ease in case they ever had to go to ER or hospital.