Home Care & Hospice

Documents for end-of-life care


Written documents give clear instructions about the kind of care you want at the end of life. By writing down your wishes, you can help your loved ones and doctors understand and follow your choices. That’s important if you are unable to make decisions or communicate for yourself.
 
Important decisions to clearly state in your documents include:

  • Appoint a healthcare representative to make medical decisions for you if you cannot communicate.
  • List the kind of health care you do or don’t want to receive if you cannot speak for yourself. A written document and your instructions (written and verbal) will help guide your appointed representative when speaking as your advocate with your healthcare providers.

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)
Use these documents to start conversations with your family about your wishes. They can help you better understand the treatment options available and make decisions about what measures you want to be taken in certain circumstances.
 
After you complete these documents, remember to give copies to your primary care doctor, the hospital and your family members.
 
Our glossary of terms explains specific words or phrases that relate to end-of-life care.

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: