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.
Your health care provider may recommend 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.
You have rights under Virginia law to make decisions about your medical care. These rights include the right to accept or refuse care and the right to make advance directives about your care (a Durable Medical Power–of–Attorney and/or a Living Will). For further information about your Advance Directives, please consult your social worker/case manager or nurse.
Virginia's POST program is recognized as the 19th endorsed state POLST Program by the National POLST Paradigm Task Force. This program effectively utilizes educational resources and training models for healthcare professionals and care coordinators, allowing patients to work with medical professionals and make their treatment wishes known.