We advise everyone to have their affairs in order. An Advance Directive expresses YOUR WISHES for how you wish to be treated by your health care team in case you are incapable of expressing them yourself. It is best to make these decisions when you can think about them clearly, NOT at the time of an emergency.
A Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care names someone you trust to speak on your behalf in the event you are unable to do so.
The POLST is a bright pink form that is similar to an Advance Directive. In California, it is becoming more widely used, and paramedics are trained to look for such a form.
We are pleased to provide you at no charge the materials for Advance Directives for health care, a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care, and POLST (Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment) forms.