Advance Care Planning
At Providence, we want you to have the resources to make the health care decisions that are best for you.
An advance directive is a document that an individual completes in advance that indicates the kind of care they would want if they were to be in an accident or become seriously ill. In addition, an advance directive allows an individual to name an agent or surrogate that can make health care decisions on their behalf in the event that they can’t speak for yourself.
Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) is a physician order that outlines a plan of care reflecting a patient’s wishes concerning care at life’s end. The POLST form is voluntary and is intended to:
- Help you and your patient discuss and develop plans to reflect his or her wishes
- Assist physicians, nurses, health care facilities and emergency personnel in honoring a person’s wishes for life-sustaining treatment