While many of us do not like to think that we will ever need such a plan, too often the lack of advance care planning can result in questioning, confusion, or disagreement among family members trying to envision what you would want if you were unable to speak for yourself.
Completing a Health Care Proxy is the first step in advance care planning.
Health care proxy - in English.pdf
Health care proxy - in Spanish.pdf
Beth Warner, DO, geriatrician, is the medical director of Geriatric Post-Acute Services at Cooley Dickinson. She is also the Cooley Dickinson physician who is responsible for rolling out the Medical Orders for Life-sustaining Treatment or the MOLST initiaitve in our community.
MOLST is a new way to document and honor patients' preferences for life-sustaining treatment.
MOLST is not an advance directive. Advance directives are legal, not medical, documents. They specify who, (a health care agent), or what, (information on a living will,) represents a person's preferences, if the person loses capacity to make medical decisions. Advance directives go into effect only after a patient is declared incapable of making their own medical decisions.
MOLST is also:
part of a Massachusetts and nationwide effort;
a medical document that may be used in the context of advance care planning;
About the MOLST role-play video:
In this 21-minute role-play video, a "patient," a family member, and the patient's doctor discuss the patient's health conditions, medical treatments, possible outcomes, and the MOLST form. MOLST, Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment, is a new way to document and honor patients' preferences. This video and its content are not intended to provide medical advice. Instead, the video is designed to demonstrate the complexities involved in developing an advance care plan.
MOLST forms are available from your doctor. Learn more about MOLST.
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