Choosing hospice care is a big decision, and one that involves both the patient and their family. Whether you’re considering hospice care for yourself or a loved one, it’s important to understand all that’s included—and that begins with hospice planning and healthcare decisions.

Guiding you in this process are several legal documents and standards, ensuring that the wishes and values of the patient are established at the beginning of the process and honored throughout. Patients should know their treatment options, their outcomes, and which is best for them. Such legal documents help do exactly that, ensuring one’s end-of-life choices will be honored. The following list includes legal documents relevant to hospice decision making and care.

Advance Directives
A statement, often considered a living will, written by a patient receiving hospice care. The advance directive identifies their end-of-life care wishes, which can include medical treatments, care decisions, visitation options, and beyond.

Standing for Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment, a MOST form acts as a doctor’s order and way to communicate patient-identified treatment decisions to healthcare providers, especially at the end of life and in regards to DNR or CPR.

Useful Resources
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