For Patients and Families

Information for patients and families about Advance Care Planning and POLST.


Advance Care Planning

The goal of advance care planning (ACP) is to allow patients to retain control over the life-prolonging treatment they receive. It is highly recommended that all persons, not only the elderly and those who are ill, complete their plan. This includes choosing your medical decision maker, determining what matter most, documenting your wishes and speaking to loved ones about your choices.



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.