Frequently Asked Questions

What is Look Back, Plan Forward?

Look Back, Plan Forward is an Internet-based tool that makes it easy for you to record your personal history. The tool is easy to access on the web and simple to fill out. It assembles your information and creates a variety of reports that you can download or print. It is private, your information is password protected and is only accessible to yourself or others that you give access to your password. It gives you a personal timeline that you can share with family members or share with your health and home care providers.

Why is the personal timeline useful?

Your personal timeline can help your family and those who care for you to provide better care. It can help those who care about you to better understand who you are, what you value, and how you prefer to be treated.

How long does it take to fill out the form? What do I do with it then?

The time to fill out the timeline will depend on how many events you wish to enter. Each event should take only about 10 to 15 minutes. Once you have completed your timeline, you have the option of printing a variety of reports and sharing it with others, if you wish. Others may also be able to help provide additional information for your timeline.

What about my privacy?

The Look Back, Plan Forward tool does NOT keep a record of the information you fill in nor make it available to anyone else but you. It only provides the software for organizing your information. By accessing the tool on the web, you make use of that software. But the information you fill in is never available to anyone else, unless you choose to share or disclose it. After you fill in your information, it is available only to you for downloading. After that, it's up to you whether you want to share the information with others.

What if I need help in filling out the tool?

The tool should be easy to complete. If you need help with this website, click on the big “Need Help?” button on each page.