When you or a loved one is in the hospital facing a
serious illness, a major operation or the end of life, sometimes
difficult decisions have to be made. Often these decisions fall
to a family member or close friend if the patient is unable to
express his/her wishes for him/herself and has not made his/her
wishes known ahead of time.
Glendale Adventist Medical Center would like you to know that
we're on your side. We offer several tools that can help you make
end-of-life or palliative care decisions.
Palliative care is specialty of medicine that focuses on
improving the quality of care for patients facing serious
illness. Glendale Adventist's palliative care team is made up of
doctors, nurses, social workers, chaplains, therapists and other
health care professionals who place emphasis on pain and symptom
management. Together with your own primary care physician, the
- Close communication
- Expert management of pain and other symptoms
- Help navigating the health care system
- Guidance with difficult and complex treatment choices
- Emotional and spiritual support for you and your family
To learn more, call (818) 409-8100
and ask to talk with a member of the palliative care team.
Five Wishes is a living will or advanced directive that you fill
out to let others know your end-of-life care decisions before you
are unable to make them. Distributed by Aging with
Dignity, Five Wishes meets legal requirements for
advanced directives in 42 states and is useful in all 50. It lets
your family and physicians know:
- Who you want to make health care decisions for you when you
can't make them.
- The kind of medical treatment you want or don't want.
- How comfortable you want to be.
- How you want people to treat you.
- What you want your loved ones to know.
To find out how you can get your free Five Wishes booklet, call
Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST)
POLST is a voluntary form that helps physicians, nurses, health
care facilities and emergency personnel understand and honor a
person's wishes regarding life-sustaining care. It is most
appropriate for patients with a serious illness and a life
expectancy of a year or less. It includes patient wishes for
cardiopulmonary resuscitation, antibiotic use, artificially
administered nutrition and other interventions. In summary, the
POLST form converts a patient's wishes regarding life-sustaining
treatment into a medical order that applies in many care
POLST forms are completed by health care professionals and must
be signed by the patient (or legally recognized health care
decision-maker) and a physician. The form remains with the
patient in all care settings.
See an example of a POLST