Patients & Family Resources

 

Let’s talk about it.

It’s important for patients, families, and health care providers to have open collaborative conversations when the time comes for end of life care. The goal is to identify a patient’s wishes about the types of treatment he or she does and does not want to receive. These conversations can also be helpful to loved ones and provide some peace of mind—by knowing a persons wishes, a family may not be burdened making difficult decisions on their own.

What matters most.

The medical decisions that patients and loved ones face at the end of life are important life decisions. Health care providers have an obligation first to explain the diagnosis then to share their expectation about the course of the disease and chances for recovery. These conversations should lead to a discussion about a person’s goals of treatment in light of the prognosis.

In it together.

The resources provided here can help guide these discussions and empower patients and decision makers as they make tough choices about end of life care.

Get informed.

We’ve created two series of videos to help educate you and your loved ones about end of life care.

4Step iCare Plan

An Individualized End of Life Care Plan

In this video series you’ll be introduced to the Goals of Care 4Step iCare Plan. It is a individualized, simple, 4-step approach that helps patients and family navigate through challenging medical decisions. The model was created by a doctor who specializes in geriatric and palliative medicine and offers specific steps to help you through this process.

The NJ POLST Form

This videos series provides information about the NJ POLST form. POLST stands for “Practitioner Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatments”. You’ll find videos that give an introduction to the form, directions on how to complete it, an explanation on the differences between the NJ POLST Form and advance directives, and more.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the status of end of life care in NJ today? Why is there a gap between what patients want the care they receive?
Find the answers to these and other frequently asked questions

Get Involved!

 As an agent of change. Join the Goals of Care Coalition of New Jersey to help improve end of life care for patients and families.
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