Advance Care Planning: Letting Us Know Your Wishes for Medical Care

Talking with your family, friends and your physician about your wishes for medical care at the end of your life is called advance care planning. It's a way for you, your loved ones and your physician to discuss the kinds of care you want and don't want at that time. You can also specify the care you would want if you become unable to speak or make decisions for yourself, due to a coma or other medical condition. When you write down your wishes, this kind of plan is called an advance directive. We encourage all patients to complete an Advanced Care Directive before being admitted and bringing it with you so we may honor your wishes for care.

The best time to start the conversation about the kind of care you’d want if you were in an accident or became seriously ill is now. Let us help you think about the care you’d want, talk to your loved ones about your decisions, choose your advocate and complete an advance directive.

Visit www.TalkAboutWhatMatters.org for more information.

Advance Health Care Directive

An Advance Health Care Directive is a legal document that tells your physician, your family members and friends about what kind of care you would like to have if you become unable to make medical decisions. It's called an advance directive because you choose your medical care before you become seriously ill.

To download a copy of an Advance Health Care Directive, click here. This document contains translations for English and Spanish. For the English pages only, please print pages 1-8.

POLST (Physician Order for Life Sustaining Treatment)

A new law effective 1/1/16 allows Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants to sign the California POLST form. The form is now available in ENGLISH and will be available in other languages later in January, 2016. For more information visit www.capolst.org

Click here for more information and to download a copy of the POLST in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Farsim Armenian, Russian, Tagalog and Hmong.

POLST Forms

Click here to download a 2016 California POLST form in English.

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