End-of-Life Care Planning
Many people find it difficult to talk about or plan their end-of-life care, but most have strong opinions about how they would want to be treated and cared for in their final months, weeks and days.
The most reliable way to ensure your end-of-life wishes are honored by establishing an advance directive: a legal document that spells out for family members and healthcare providers the types of care and interventions you want—and do not want— if you are seriously ill and unable to speak for yourself. Not only will advance care planning legally define your end-of-life wishes, but it will also avert crises and ease the decision-making burden for your family, designated caregivers and healthcare team.
Living Wills and Advance DirectivesA living will is part of an advanced directive, which can help guide healthcare decisions if you're seriously ill. Learn why it's so important to discuss your end-of-life wishes with your family.
Having a Conversation about the End of Life
It's not easy to talk about dying, but it's incredibly important. Take a look at VITAS' guides about having conversations about the end of life.
Does Hospice Require You to Sign a DNR?
While some hospices may require a DNR before admittance, VITAS does not. Learn more about DNRs and what they mean for hospice patients.
What is a Do Not Intubate Order?
A Do Not Intubate (DNI) is a legal order directing the healthcare team of a patient’s wish to not be intubated in the event of a life-threatening situation. Read more.
Considering Hospice Care? Download Our Free Hospice Discussion Guide For Families.
When someone is terminally ill, family members and loved ones need to communicate with each other in order to make the best end-of-life care decisions.
To help you start that conversation, we've made this guide, filled with questions, conversation topics and issues that will help your family know what to expect.Download the Guide (PDF)