When Advance Directives Are Not Enough
When Max was confronted with difficult decisions about the care he wanted in the face of his advancing illness, he took comfort in the fact that his wish for a peaceful, natural death was clearly documented in an Advance Directive. Tragically, Max and his loving family discovered that the Advance Directive did not ensure that these wishes would be honored at a time of medical crisis. POLST would have made a difference.
Offering Peace of Mind
Sister Frances Wink moves slowly now at age 84. But there’s nothing slow
about the radiant smile that enlivens her face, or the curious, vigorous
mind that animates her conversation. A stack of books sits next to her
chair in the Assisted Living Center she now calls home, where her days are
rich in community, conversation and friendship.
Taking a burden off your loved ones with the POLST Form
Gladys knows she can change her POLST at any time if her health changes. Now, having a POLST gives her peace of mind to focus on what matters to her most— being with her many family members, visiting loved ones in El Salvador, and watching her two grandkids grow up.