The Physicians Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment, or POLST, program is an approach to end-of-life planning based on communication between patients, family, and medical providers. The main goal of POLST is to combine the advice of physicians with the wishes of patients in a single form. This POLST form enables seriously ill patients to choose treatments they want and ensures that their wishes are honored.
An Advanced Health Care Directive (AHCD) is a document that compiles your various health care related wishes in one place that is easily accessible to medical professionals.
The purpose of an Advanced Health Care Directives is to make it easier and more practical for you to state your medical care wishes in a legally binding format.
Which matters are covered by an AHCD? [Read more…]