Resources for Patients & Family Caregivers
Are you the medical decision maker for a loved one in a nursing home? Do they have a POLST form or advance care plan? Is it up to date? Now is the time to talk with your loved ones about who is their designated healthcare proxy and what matters most to them if they should become very sick. POLST is designed for seriously ill or frail people who are at high-risk of a life-threatening medical event. Those in hospice, nursing homes, and skilled nursing facilities are most likely to be appropriate for POLST. For others, an advance directive like the Five Wishes may be appropriate. On this page you will find information on POLST, Five Wishes, and a COVID 19 Shared Decision Making Tool.
Discuss, Decide, and Document!
New Jersey POLST Forms (PDF):
From Aging with Dignity:
Because of the national emergency before us, Aging with Dignity has decided to take the unprecedented step of making the Five Wishes document available online to individuals at no cost. Use it for yourself. Use it for your parents, spouse, siblings, adult children, extended family, and friends. Just use it!
From Respecting Choices:
Tools and resources to support specific treatment decisions for high risk individuals and their agents/loved ones: The importance of knowing treatment preferences before a medical crisis.
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