Frequently Asked Questions

What is a 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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What is Five Wishes?

Five 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.