Planning and decision-making for end-of-life care takes a lot of time and energy to complete. When we prepare for our own death in advance, we are able to relieve the decision-making burden from those whom we love and create the opportunity for a peace-filled end of life.
Carilion Clinic recommends that you talk with your loved ones and health care providers now so that you can take the time to learn your options and make decisions that bring you peace of mind now and make your passing as peaceful as possible for you and your loved ones.
POST (physician orders for scope of treatment) forms are much more detail oriented regarding treatment preferences than advance directives are. A POST form is a medical order in which patients nearing the end of life may work with their provider to define and specify their treatment preferences. These treatments may include resuscitation preferences, comfort and airway support measures, artificially administered nutrition and other medical preferences.
POST forms are designed for patients with terminal or chronic progressive illnesses and those who are frail and elderly. Contact your care coordinator or health care provider to initiate this process.