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
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
to view the Advance Directive Tool Kit.
Advance Directive Forms
California Advance Health Care Directive Forms
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
here for more information and to download a copy of the POLST in English, Spanish,
Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Farsim Armenian, Russian, Tagalog and Hmong.
here to download a
2016 California POLST form in English.