Advance Care Planning
Anyone can be suddenly impacted by an accident or an illness with a risk of becoming incapacitated and unable to make decisions regarding medical treatment. It is highly recommended that all persons, not only the elderly and those who are sick, make a plan for such a situation.
The POLST program encourages patients and their health care professionals to talk about the treatment patients want as they decline in health. Treatment choices can then be documented as medical orders on a bright pink form that follow patients across care settings.