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What Is Palliative Care?

Palliative Care is an interdisciplinary approach to compassionate care for patients with a progressive, life-limiting condition such as cancer, heart or lung disease. The goal is to achieve comfort through pain and symptom control, improve quality of life and provide support for patients and their caregivers. It is also to help patients understand and prepare for the future course of their illness and think about the choices they are likely to face.

Patients are encouraged to have a plan in place that represents their wishes on how they would like care administered should they become unable to make those decisions themselves.

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MemorialCare Medical Group recommends completing an Advance Directive/Medical Power of Attorney/Living will and/or Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) form. The links below offer invaluable information on how to ensure your wishes are carried out and to help alleviate the burden on your loved ones of having to make difficult decisions.

End of Life Patient Education

  1. How Do I Plan for Serious Illness?
  2. How to Prepare Your Advance Directive
  3. POLST Brochure

Advance Directive and Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) Forms

Talk with your primary care team about the Advance Directive form that is best for you.

For your convenience, we have provided links to Individual Forms for you to print and complete.


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