Residents in all states have access to many end-of-life resources to help make sure their wishes are honored.
Advance Care Planning
- Advance Directive Forms – Provided through the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. Here you can find, download and print your state’s advance directive forms.
- MyDirectives – An online system for documenting end-of-life wishes.
- POLST (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) Registry Information – Many states have POLST programs to help ensure a patient’s wishes are honored in emergency situations. Learn more on this website.
- Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Mental Health Advance Directive – Provided by End of Life Washington. Though the form is written for Washington residents it can serve as a way to document your wishes and guide discussions with your family.
- EverPlans – This interactive site helps people plan for death both in the distant future and near term, outlines what needs to happen after a death, and provides tips for supporting the bereaved.
- Conversations about end-of-life care wishes can be hard to start. Check out Dr. Atul Gawande’s “Letting Go”, My Gift of Grace playing cards and The Conversation Project for tools and ideas to kickstart these discussions.
Comfort Care and Pain Management
- Caring Connections is a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) that provides free resources, information and motivation for actively learning about end-of-life care and options.
- Two websites have information about comfort care and how to find a palliative doctor near you:
- The Center to Advance Palliative Care also evaluates how palliative care rates in each state.