End-of-Life Choice, Palliative Care and Counseling

Northern California Fall/Winter Newsletterby Chris

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Getting Personal With Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment Form

By Fran Johns

 “You’re sure about that? You just want to lie there and die?”

“Well, yes, thanks. Sounds a lot better to me than vegetating, comatose or whatever, in a nursing home for another three or four years.”

“But … suppose we think you might have a little bit of brain left. Say, you’d be able to recognize me?”

“Nope. Who’s to say it would really be recognition?”

“Okay, then, what if you’re already preƩ y far gone with some kind of dementia a worse than your current inability to remember where you left the car keys?”

“Where did you put that Dementia a Provision form?”

This may not be the sort of everyday conversation you have with your loved one, but it worked for my husband and me as we made order of our late-life planning. The POLST form became a new best friend.

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