Advance Care Planning means deciding what types of treatment you would or would not want in case you are unable to make your own decisions. It allows you to maintain control over your treatment, should you experience a sudden unexpected illness or injury, as well as when you have reached the end of your life. By completing some simple forms, you can make sure that your family and caregivers know your wishes.
Advance Directives describe two types of legal documents that let you plan for and communicate the types of treatment that you want, and to refuse treatments that you do not want. These documents are the NY Healthcare Proxy and the NY Living Will.
A healthcare proxy, or medical power of attorney, allows you to appoint a person you trust as your healthcare agent. It goes into effect only after a person’s physician concludes that they are unable to make their own medical decisions. If a person regains the ability to make decisions, the agent cannot continue to act on the person's behalf.
A living will specifies your wishes concerning medical treatments at the end of life. Before your living will can guide medical decision-making, two physicians must certify that you are unable to make medical decisions for various limiting health conditions including a state of permanent unconsciousness.
It is important to have these documents in case of an accident or in cases where a person has been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness.
You can download and print the documents from these links:
NY Healthcare Proxy Documents Further Information.
Hudson Valley Hospice can provides general reference material and blank forms for Advance Care Planning and has trained staff who can answer your questions about these documents. Please contact us 845-485-2273.
Hudson Valley Hospice has professionally trained and highly knowledgable speakers who can help educate the community by providing a general overview of our services or specific topics, such as Advance Directives, Palliative Care, Being a Healthy Caregiver, and more. We can provide short presentations or keynote addresses for community organizations, clubs, church or civic groups. Please contact us at 845-485-2273 for more information.
If you have questions at any point about our hospice programs or grief services, please contact us at 845-485-2273.
When a patient reaches the end stages of an illness or disease, hospice offers palliative care to help control pain and reduce anxiety. We improve quality of life and time spent with loved ones.
Emotional and Spiritual Support
Hospice care provides emotional and spiritual support to patients and families, including grief and bereavement resources. You and your loved ones don’t have to face these challenges alone.
Medical Care Management
Hospice manages medical care, in-home visits from care providers, acquiring medical supplies, and end-of-life planning.
Respect for the Patient and Family Wishes
Hospice strives to provide the highest quality end-of-life care so that our patients may live with comfort and dignity. Every family is on a different journey, and we acknowledge and respect your decisions and plans. Our goal is to make this difficult time as easy as possible.
We improve quality of life by relieving patients and their loved ones of much of the stress that comes with providing end-of-life care. Families can focus on being together and sharing memories.
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