Knysna Hospice : Advance Care Planning

Advance Care Planning

This is to help you think about how you would like your illness to be managed if you can’t talk for yourself.

Advance Directive / POLST (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment):
Advance directives are legal documents that allow you to spell out your decisions about end-of-life care ahead of time. They give you a way to tell your wishes to family, friends, and health care professionals and to avoid confusion later on. Advance Directives can help make your wishes clear to your family and health care providers.

End-of-life planning usually includes making choices about the following:

  • The goals of care (for example, whether to use certain medicines during the last days of life)
  • Where you want to spend your final days
  • Which treatments for end-of-life care you wish to receive
  • What type of palliative care you wish to receive

Download PDF herePDF: Advance Directive/ POLST

Questions to consider

The Living Will Society