Advance Care Planning
Advance Care Planning is a process through which people can communicate their healthcare preferences in the event they become unable to express them directly -- for example, the amount of pain that would be bearable during curative treatment vs. a comfort-only approach. Advance Care Planning requires both meaningful thought and documentation via a proxy directive, instructive directive, POLST form or other document.
Below are a few documents that may be helpful:
Five Wishes is a form of advance directive accepted in every state, written in layman's terms: https://fivewishes.org
New Jersey's Advanced Directive Form is available at https://www.nj.gov/health/advancedirective/ad/forums-faqs
More information regarding POLST may be found on the NJ Hospital Association's POLST web page http://www.njha.com/polst
Hospices using POLST forms with patients may want to review the POLST Hospice Model Policy at http://www.njha.com/media/85302/PolstHospiceModelPolicy.pdf
If you would like more information, please call our office at (732) 877-1100