Patient, Family & Surrogate Stories

The purpose of our POLST-related stories is to:

 

  • Share some personal POLST experiences of Oregonians

  • Show the different times when a POLST can help

  • Support educational efforts to improve POLST use

Learn more about POLST from a patient’s story by clicking on an image below.

Older man sitting in wheelchair with wife standing along side him in a park.
Photo of elderly woman's hand lovingly resting upon her husband's shoulder.

Family Members Should Not Be Required to Sign a POLST for Their Loved One

Changing Your Wishes as Your Situation Changes

Protecting the Goal of Fighting to the End

POLST: Saying 'No' When You are Too Healthy to Have One

Photo of elderly woman's hand lovingly resting upon her husband's shoulder.

Taking Charge of Your Health Decisions

Photo of elderly woman's hand lovingly resting upon her husband's shoulder.

Standing Firm as a Surrogate for an Intellectually Disabled Person

Photo of elderly woman's hand lovingly resting upon her husband's shoulder.

When Advance Directives are Not Enough

Photo of elderly woman's hand lovingly resting upon her husband's shoulder.

Giving Voice to Your Trusted Partner

Choosing Full Treatment when You Hope for More Time

Photo of elderly woman's hand lovingly resting upon her husband's shoulder.

Taking a Burden Off Your Loved Ones with a POLST

Offering Peace of Mind

Photo of elderly woman's hand lovingly resting upon her husband's shoulder.

A Loving Mother Ensures a Comfortable Death for Her Dying Son

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