Advance Care Planning


Patients and Families

Advance Care Planning (ACP) can be difficult emotionally and psychologically for yourself or your loved one without already having to worry about where to start. To assist you during this time, we have provided links to important resources that we hope meet all your needs and answers all your questions. For any additional assistance please contact us.

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1. Advance Care Directives of Every State

This link leads to the website "Caring Connections," a site of the NHPCO. This site also has important information about Advance Care Planning and has links to Advance Care Directives of all 50 states. 

2. Aging With Dignity 5 Wishes  

Five Wishes is used in all 50 states and in countries around the world. It meets the legal requirements for an advance directive in 42 states. In the other eight states your completed Five Wishes can be attached to your state’s required form. Five Wishes can be used in any part of the world as a helpful guide and documentation of your wishes. 

3. POLST (Physicians Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment) 

POLST (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) is a form that travels with the person to every care setting and states what kind of medical treatment patients want toward the end of their lives. Printed on bright pink paper, and signed by both a DOCTOR and patient, POLST helps give seriously ill patients more control over their end-of-life care.

4. Hard Choices for Loving People

First published in 1990, Hard Choices for Loving People: CPR, Artificial Feeding, Comfort Care, and the Patient with a Life-Threatening Illness is now in its Fifth Edition (2009), with over 2,500,000 copies sold, and it is being used in more than 5,000 hospitals, nursing homes, faith communities and hospice programs nationwide. This booklet has provided patients and families, facing difficult decisions, an invaluable resource that is informative and easy to read.

5. Compassionate Care at Any Stage of an Illness (Palliative Doctors)

This is a website of doctors who specialize in palliative medicine, a type of care that prevents and alleviates suffering. These doctors have special training and expertise in relieving pain and other symptoms caused by illnesses or medical treatments. They can provide guidance as people make decisions about their care, and they work as part of a team that helps people and their loved ones find the emotional or spiritual support they need.

6. GetPalliativeCare.Org provides clear, comprehensive palliative care information for people coping with serious, complex illness. Key components of the site include a Palliative Care Directory of Hospitals, a definition of palliative care, and a detailed description of what palliative care is and how it is different from hospice. It also provides an interactive questionnaire to assist people in determining whether palliative care is appropriate for them or their loved-ones. The site is provided by the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC).

7. Lotsa Helping Hands

At Lotsa Helping Hands, Help is our middle name. We connect people through the power of community-whether you need help or you want to provide help. You may be caring for an ill loved one, an aging parent, a child with special needs or a veteran. You may want to volunteer to help a friend or others in your neighborhood. However you define help-this is your home.   

8. Give Forward - Fundraising Made Simple

GiveForward is the world's leading medical fundraising platform, providing families with the answer to the #1 asked question when a loved one is sick: "What can I do to help?" Since 2008, GiveForward has empowered thousands families to raise millions of dollars for things like co-pays, expensive medicines, and travel to treatment.

9. Senior Housing: HeartLight Referral Service 

HeartLight referral service helps you find a home for your loved one. This is a Free Service and can help locate a home in assisted and independent living, dementia care, board and care homes, nursing homes, SSI communities, Medi-Cal communities and Medicare communities. 

10. Gone From My Sight

The biggest fear of watching someone die is fear of the unknown; not knowing what dying will be like or when death will actually occur. The booklet "Gone From My Sight" explains in a simple, gentle yet direct manner the process of dying from disease.

11. Hospice Directory 

This site is a directory for local hospices and can be found by entering city and state. 


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