Home Care & Hospice

Advance care directives guide end-of-life care

Most of us would like to make our own decisions about the kind of health care we receive at the end of life. Advance care directives are written documents that record your decisions about care you want if your health declines.
 
The documents guide your family members and medical providers who may need to make healthcare decisions for you if you cannot communicate for yourself.

Start a conversation

We have facilitators trained by Honoring Choices who can guide you through important steps to build your personal advance care plan. Sessions are free for adults of any age.

Planning sessions give you a great way to talk about what matters most to you for quality of life. You also can get the documents you need to record your decisions and share with family members and caregivers.
 
Schedule an advance care appointment to get started on your plan.

State-specific advance directives

Laws governing advance directives vary from state to state. Indiana residents can download documents from the Indiana State Department of Health Advance Directives Resource Center.

State-specific documents and forms available in English and Spanish give you the tools to:

  • Appoint a healthcare representative
  • Create a living will
  • Authorize a Do Not Resuscitate order (DNR)
  • Request life-prolonging procedures
  • Complete a Physician Order for the Scope of Treatment (POST)

Make sure to give copies of completed forms to your primary care provider, family members and the hospital.

We can help

Learn more about end-of-life care or contact Goshen Hospice, (574) 364-2700.

Download your copy of "Approaching the End of Life" guide.

Additional resources

These websites may help you begin a conversation about end-of-life care with your family: