ADVANCE CARE PLANNING
Honoring the wishes of your loved one.
We understand that talking about death and other end-of-life topics is difficult. Having conversations about advance directives may be uncomfortable, but provide clarity when the time comes to utilize them.
Advance Care Planning Resources
Health Care Power of Attorney
The Health Care Power of Attorney allows a person to name someone to make healthcare decisions for them, should the person be unable to communicate their wishes.
Advance Directive for a Natural Death (Living Will)
The Living Will should be used as instructions for the future for anyone who would like their healthcare providers to withhold or withdraw life-prolonging measures in certain situations. There is no legal requirement that anyone execute a living will.
Do Not Resuscitate (DNR)
The DNR form is a medical order that communicates a person’s desire to forgo cardiopulmonary resuscitation should their heart stop beating and they stop breathing. It is utilized outside the hospital setting, and is bright yellow with a red stop sign in the middle.
Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment (MOST)
The MOST form is a medical order that describes a patient's end-of-life plan of care. It is intended for patients experiencing a terminal illness with a prognosis of less than one year. Since it is a medical order, any physician in any setting can follow the orders. It is also bright pink so that it can be easily identified.
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization [NHPCO] - www.nhpco.org
Association for Home & Hospice Care of North Carolina - www.ahhcnc.org
North Carolina Medical Society - End of Life Resources
North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State - Advance Health Care Directive Registry
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services - Division of Medical Assistance