Resources for Patients & Family Caregivers
Are you prepared if you or your loved ones get seriously ill with COVID-19? Have you documented your wishes in an advance care plan so those taking care of you know your wishes if you become too sick to speak for yourself? If you’re the medical decision-maker for a loved one, do they have a POLST form and is it up to date? Now is the time to talk with your loved ones about who is designated as your healthcare proxy and what matters most to you if you should become very sick. POLST is designed for seriously ill or frail people who are at high-risk of a life-threatening medical event. Those in hospice, nursing homes, and skilled nursing facilities are most likely to be appropriate for POLST. For others, an advance directive like the Five Wishes may be appropriate. On this page you will find information on POLST, Five Wishes, and various COVID-19 resources.
Discuss, Decide, and Document!
New Jersey POLST Forms (PDF):
Impact of COVID-19 on Medical Decision Making: POLST & Other Important Considerations for High-Risk People
31:59 min. (Q&A at 22:10 min.)
This webinar for patients, caregivers and medical decision-makers discusses the important differences between advance directives and POLST and includes a review of frequently asked questions.
GOCCNJ teamed up with Hollywood legends, Michael Douglas and Danny DeVito, who donated their time during lockdown to bring awareness to advance care planning through a Public Video Announcement “A POLST Story”.
From Goals of Care Coalition:
“Impact of COVID-19 on Medical Decision Making: POLST & Other Important Considerations for High-Risk People” was a free webinar presented by Dr. David Barile.
From Aging with Dignity:
Because of the national emergency before us, Aging with Dignity has decided to take the unprecedented step of making the Five Wishes document available online to individuals at no cost. Use it for yourself. Use it for your parents, spouse, siblings, adult children, extended family, and friends. Just use it!
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, telehealth is quickly becoming the most widely used option for patients across the state to receive care. In fact, many health care providers who previously did not perform telehealth visits with their patients are now swiftly adopting virtual visit options, in order to safely see as many people as possible during the pandemic.
From My Life My Choices:
To help do our part, My Life My Choice is working to help you address COVID-19 issues by collecting best practices and tools demonstrating how health care professionals are responding to the crisis.
From Respecting Choices:
Tools and resources to support specific treatment decisions for high risk individuals and their agents/loved ones: The importance of knowing treatment preferences before a medical crisis.
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