Finances and estate planning
Make sure your assets get distributed the way you want them to, with the least amount of hassle for your heirs.
Quality of life
At its core, these discussions are about quality of life. What makes life worth living? Is there a situation that would be worse than death? Expressing your values and priorities can help in day-to-day care as well. The more people know about what gives you joy, the more they can help make each day the best day it can be.
Health care planning
It’s a gift for families to have their loved one’s wishes written down. Whether it’s a “do everything” approach or “let me go in peace,” knowing what the patient wants ahead of time lifts a tremendous burden of guilt if they have to make difficult decisions.
POLST: Providers Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment
This form is the result of a conversation with your doctor about very specific life support measures. It serves as a prescription to medical teams inside and outside the hospital. Post it on your refrigerator, for instance, so if you need to call 911, the Emergency Personnel who come to your house will know exactly what you do and don’t want done.