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Advance 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 our lives. Creating an advance directive helps your family and your healthcare providers know the care you want.
 
Advance directives usually include written documents with your health care instructions. These documents can guide your family and doctors to care for you if you are unable to make decisions or communicate for yourself.

State-specific advance directives

Laws governing advance directives vary from state to state. That’s why it’s important to use documents from the Indiana State Department of Health’s Advance Directives Resource Center. Documents available in English and Spanish include forms 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)
After you complete any of these forms, make sure you give copies 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: