Making decisions about your healthcare can be overwhelming. There are numerous things to consider and if you or a family member are already dealing with a life-limiting disease, it becomes more complex. We at High Peaks Hospice would like to give you the resources that are necessary when you make the decisions.
Advanced directives are legal documents that allow people to state what medical treatments they want or do not want in the event that they are unable to make decisions or communicate because of illness or injury, includes a living will.
Living Will is a document that allows people to state what medical treatments they want or do not want to prolong their life in the event they are unable to make decisions or communicate because of illness or injury.
DNR a DNR is a do-not-resuscitate order, that is created or set up before an emergency occurs. A DNR order allows you to choose whether or not you want CPR in an emergency.
MOLST a MOLST is Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment. MOLST is a program designed to improve the quality of care the patient receives at the end of life by translating patient goals for care and preferences into medical orders these are for patients with advanced illness who might die within 1-2 years; require long-term care services or wish to avoid and/or receive specific life-sustaining treatments.
Health Care Proxy is a document that names someone you trust as your proxy or agent, to express your wishes to make health care decisions for you if you are unable to make decisions or communicate because of illness or injury.
What to consider:
- What are my choices?
- Get all the facts.
- Speak to your Doctor.
- Make a plan.
Links to websites that can assist in your preparation:
- Advance Care Planning
- Understanding Healthcare Decisions at the End of Life
- Living wills and advance directives for medical decisions
- Five Wishes
- Health Care Proxy
- Deciding About Health Care: A Guide for Patients and Families
- MOLST Form
- Being Prepared in the Time of COVID-19
- Resources to support during the Coronavirus