End of Life Washington developed the combined Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care and Health Care Directive after years of committed research and development. It has been widely praised by health care professionals, advance planning advocates, and attorneys who specialize in elder law and estate planning. It is also endorsed by Sound Generations.
Our Advance Directive
The End of Life Washington Advance Directive:
- Combines your Health Care Directive (Living Will) and Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care into one document.
- Applies if you have a terminal or non-terminal medical condition.
- Contains no anti-choice statements.
- Includes an Alzheimer’s and dementia provision.
- Uses very specific terminology regarding when you don’t want life-sustaining treatment and what other treatments you don’t want.
- Allows you to place limits on how long you would remain in a coma or persistent vegetative state.
- Offers an option of no life-sustaining treatment under any circumstances (for the very elderly, for instance).
- Includes a statement requesting maximum pain and comfort care, even if it might hasten your dying process.
- Remains in effect after death (for organ donation, disposition of remains).
- Includes a provision stating that if a guardian is appointed for you, that guardian should be the health care agent you named.
- Affirms a health care agent’s right to complete a Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) form on behalf of the maker.
- Allows consideration of every legal, ethical option.
The instructions contained in this document will enable you to complete and implement your End of Life Washington Advance Directive. The End of Life Washington Advance Directive combines two legal documents to protect your right to refuse medical treatment you do not want or to request treatment you do want, in the event you lose the ability to make decisions. Combining two documents into one makes it less likely that one or the other will be misplaced.
The Wonderfile provides a central place to store all necessary paperwork, and answers questions about what needs to be done to maintain control at the end-of-life and what plans need to be made.
Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST)
A Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) form (formerly called the EMS – No CPR form) is intended for any adult, 18 years of age or older, with serious health conditions.
The POLST form accomplishes two major purposes:
- It is portable from one care setting to another.
- It translates wishes of an individual into actual physician orders.
“End of Life Washington has the most comprehensive, easily understood Advance Directive I have seen anywhere. It addressed everything I needed, met my values, and was downloadable for free.”