Compassion and Support


Patients & Families

Advance Care Planning

Advance Care Planning Guides

  • Advance Care Planning Booklet Compassion Medical Staff StarStarStarStarStar

    This is a comprehensive resource that describes the advance care planning process, outlines the document, helps an individual clarify values and beliefs, choose a health care agent or spokesperson, understand life-sustaining treatment, and discuss practical issues including accessibility of documents and the need to review and update them periodically. It is available in English and Spanish.
    English and Spanish Booklets.
  • Advance Care Planning Brochure Compassion Medical Staff StarStarStarStarStar 
    - English 
  • Healthwise Medical Staff StarStarStarStarStar

    Health Wise is a Web site that provides interactive decision support tools and reliable medical facts that are available to help individuals make end of life care decisions.

  • Planning Your Health Care in Advance

    Created by New York State Attorney General, Eliot Spitzer in 2005, this document is a guide to advance care planning in New York State. It explains why advance care planning should be done, what legal issues are involved, and how to fill out all of the right forms for your wishes to be honored in New York State as a resident. Copies of all of the state forms are included, and can be printed and completed. At the end of the document there is a list of resources specifically for NYS residents.

  • Do Your  Compassion Medical Staff StarStarStar

    Is a free on-line tool that allows you to create, print and save a Health Care Proxy and Living Will.

  • Respecting Choices Medical Staff StarStarHalf Star

    Describes a system-based approach to patient-centered advance care planning.

  • New York State Bar Association Pamphlet on Living Wills and Health Care Proxies Compassion Medical Staff


Advance Care Planning Forms


Actionable Medical Orders 



POLST and Other POLST Paradigm Programs

  • POLST Compassion Medical Staff StarStarStarStarStar

    This website educates people about the POLST (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) program, based in Oregon. The site also instructs people on how to complete a POLST form. There is information about “POLST Paradigm Programs” and information and contact information is available for those programs in every state where they exist.
  • West Virginia's POST & Center for End-of-Life Care Compassion Medical Staff

    Information on West Virginia's POLST Paradigm Program.
  • Washington State's POLST Compassion Medical Staff

    Information on Washington State's POLST Paradigm Program.