End of life care

What is end of life care?

End of life care refers to getting the support and care you need to have the very best quality of life possible toward the end of life. It includes having conversations with your family and health care providers to prepare for the type of care you want at the end of your life.

It is important to consider having an advance directive before you transition to the end of life. This may include a:

  • Living will.
  • Health care directive.
  • Durable power of attorney for health care.
  • Written personal statement about your health care goals and values.

How do I ensure my wishes are respected in an emergency?

Consider filling out a Physician’s Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment form (POLST). 

A POLST form is a legal document that tells medical providers what kind of care you would or would not like in a medical emergency.

(Adapted from The Bree Collaborative.)