Advance Care Planning

At St. Joseph Health, Home Care Services, we support an individual’s right to choose the care they want. Our Ethical Directives of Catholic Healthcare call on us to respect the dignity of each person.

Advance Care Planning (ACP) encourages patients and families to talk about and document their care preferences in advance to ensure that the care they receive is aligned with their goals, values and priorities. We have provided resources for you and your family to help you have the conversation and document your wishes in writing. This document is called an Advance Directive.

You can download a California Advance Directive in English as well as several other languages. In addition, there is a link to provide you with Advance Directives for other States. If you or your loved one is seriously ill you may want to consider completing a POLST (Physician Order for Life Sustaining Treatment) with your physician. Having these conversations with your family, loved ones and physician are so important. Take a look at the Advance Directive Tool Kit below to see what tools are available to help you have the conversation. We know that participating in advance care planning improves end-of-life care for both the patient and their family. Let's start talking!

The Center for Advance Care Planning and Advocacy

What is The Center for Advance Care Planning and Advocacy?

The Center for Advance Care Planning and Advocacy is dedicated to engage the community and healthcare providers in conversations around care preferences and what makes life meaningful. Our mission is to help ensure that patients receive the right care at the right time and that this whole person care is aligned with their values, goals and priorities. In turn, St. Joseph Health will effectively steward these documents and honor these care preferences, which will improve the quality of care we provide at end of life, enhance the patient experience and reduce healthcare costs. To learn more about The Center for Advance Care Planning and Advocacy visit their website at:

Advance Directive Tool Kit

This tool kit inclues 16 tools to assist families in having the conversation, selecting a healthcare decision maker and completing and Advance Directive. Click here to view the Advance Directive Tool Kit.

Advance Directive Forms

California Advance Health Care Directive Forms

Additional Resources

Five Wishes

Five Wishes serves as an Advance Directive and is a legally-valid tool available for your use. Five Wishes helps ensure your wishes, and those of your loved ones, will be respected-even if you cannot speak for yourself.

POLST (Physician Order for Life Sustaining Treatment)

A new law effective 1/1/16 allows Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants to sign the California POLST form. The form is now available in ENGLISH and will be available in other languages later in January, 2016. For more information visit

Click here for more information and to download a copy of the POLST in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Farsim Armenian, Russian, Tagalog and Hmong.


Click here to download a 2016 California POLST form in English.