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Resource Center: Advance Directive Tool Kit

1. THINK TOOLS

The first step in advance care planning is thinking about the care you’d want if you were seriously ill or nearing the end of your life. Begin by thinking about the things that are important to you.

Values Worksheet for End of Life Decision Download

2. TALK TOOLS

We understand that this conversation can be hard – but the best time to have this conversation is now. Unsure where to begin? We can help:

The Conversation Project is a national grass roots movement that has partnered with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement to improve end- of-life care for Americans. Visit www.theconversationproject.org for more information.

Conversation Starter Kit Download

Talk To Your Doctor - English

Talk To Your Doctor - English

Talk To Your Doctor - Spanish

Talk To Your Doctor - Spanish

Talk To Your Doctor - Mandarin

Talk To Your Doctor - Mandarin

Talk To Your Doctor - Korean

Talk To Your Doctor - Korean

3. CHOOSE TOOLS

Now that you’ve talked about what you want, it’s time to pick someone to speak for you if you can’t. Your healthcare agent should be someone you trust who understands your goals, values and beliefs.

Download:

  • How to Choose An Agent - English Version Download
  • Elegir a un agente para la atención de la salud- Spanish Version Download

Coalition for Compassionate Care of California

Coalition for Compassionate Care of California promotes high quality compassionate care for everyone who is seriously ill or nearing the end of life. Visit www.coalitionccc.org for more information

4. COMPLETE TOOLS

Do it now. It’s easy to put this off, but completing your advance directive early ensures that your wishes will be honored.

An advance directive is a document that an individual completes in advance that indicates what kind of care they would want if they were to be in an accident or become seriously ill. People of all ages unexpectedly become ill and are involved in accidents. An advance directive allows someone to name a decision maker in the event that they can’t speak for themselves. An advance directive ensures that your care provider knows what kind of care you want and who can make decisions for you.

Our team is available to assist patients and families in completing an advance directive.

California and Texas Advance Directive is available in:


Additional Resources:

POLST

Physician Order for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) is a physician order that allows an individual or their decision maker to clearly outline specific preferences regarding care toward the end-of-life. A POLST is recognized along the continuum of care and mandated to be honored by healthcare workers in all settings. A POLST is for seriously ill patients with a limited life expectancy. Our team is available to assist patients and families in completing a POLST in consultation with their care provider. For more information on POLST, visit www.capolst.org

What is the Difference Between an Advance Directive and a POLST?

Everyone 18 and older should complete an advance directive and appoint a decision maker who can speak for them in the event that they can’t speak for themselves. An advance directive provides instruction for future care. A POLST form is for patients who are seriously ill and want to indicate through a physician order the kind of care they want and do not want. A POLST form does not appoint a legal decision maker.

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FIVE Wishes

5 Wishes is another type of advance directive that may be appropriate for you and your family. Five Wishes helps ensure your wishes, and those of your loved ones, will be respected. Click here for more information.