Advance Care Planning: Letting Us Know Your Wishes for Medical Care
Talking with your family, friends and your physician about your wishes
for medical care at the end of your life is called advance care planning.
It's a way for you, your loved ones and your physician to discuss
the kinds of care you want and don't want at that time. You can also
specify the care you would want if you become unable to speak or make
decisions for yourself, due to a coma or other medical condition. When
you write down your wishes, this kind of plan is called an advance directive.
We encourage all patients to complete an Advanced Care Directive before
being admitted and bringing it with you so we may honor your wishes for care.
Advance Care Planning (ACP) encourages patients and families to talk about
and document their care preferences in advance to ensure that the care
they receive is aligned with their goals, values and priorities. We have
provided resources for you and your family to help you have the conversation
and document your wishes in writing.
You can download a California Advance Directive in English as well as several
other languages. In addition, there is a link to provide you with Advance
Directives for other States. If you or your loved one is seriously ill
you may want to consider completing a POLST (Physician Order for Life
Sustaining Treatment) with your physician. Having these conversations
with your family, loved ones and physician are so important. Take a look
at the Advance Directive Tool Kit below to see what tools are available
to help you have the conversation. We know that participating in advance
care planning improves end-of-life care for both the patient and their
family. Let's start talking!
Advance Directive Tool Kit
This tool kit inclues 16 tools to assist families in having the conversation,
selecting a healthcare decision maker and completing and Advance Directive. Click
to view the Advance Directive Tool Kit.
Advance Directive Forms
California Advance Health Care Directive Forms
Five Wishes serves as an Advance Directive and is a legally-valid tool
available for your use. Five Wishes helps ensure your wishes, and those
of your loved ones, will be respected-even if you cannot speak for yourself.
A new law effective 1/1/16 allows Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants
to sign the California POLST form. The form is now available in ENGLISH
and will be available in other languages later in January, 2016. For more
here for more information and to download a copy of the POLST in English, Spanish,
Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Farsim Armenian, Russian, Tagalog and Hmong.
here to download a
2016 California POLST form in English.