The MOLST form: End of Life Wishes, Providence
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from: Longevity Explorers | Providence
Planning for the end of one's life is not easy. Pat Matttingly, a retired physician and member of the Longevity Explorers' Steering Committee leads members through brief, thorough presentations and discussions of three aspects of this planning:
- Part 1) having "the conversation" about your wishes with your family and others,
- Part 2) understanding the terminology, and
- Part 3) preparing legally binding documents to ensure that your wishes are honored.
Part 3: The MOLST (POLST) form
Ensuring that one's wishes will be followed means care in selecting an "agent" having a durable power of attorney for health care. Another important step in Rhode Island is completing a "MOLST." Dr. Pat Gifford, a retired Geriatrician, explained the process for getting and completing the “MOLST”—Medial Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment. This is a legally binding document and is to be completed by a MOLST-Qualified Health Care Provider, such as a physician, and is based on the patient’s wishes.
Gifford also detailed the important and sometimes overlooked services offered through “palliative care,” often provided for chronic conditions or sometimes as a transition into Hospice.
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