The MOLST form: End of Life Wishes, Providence

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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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