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Tools for Advanced Planning

Patients and loved ones too often are asked to consider hospice during a time of emotional crisis, which means it's that much harder to make decisions. Family Hospice encourages you to "have the conversation" with your loved ones about your wishes for care - and theirs. Take the time to talk about your options and put your advance directives in writing. Hospice helps ensure that your wishes are respected. These tools will help you be prepared. Of course you may contact us at any time with questions or for more information. Email Family Hospice or call 1-800-513-2148.

Advance Directive Form

Download the Pennsylvania Health Care Directive


Important Financial Checklists

Don't wait until last minute to assemble necessary paperwork, or know where to find it when you need it.  Take some time to gather the important documents listed in the links below to ease the stress of yourself and your loved ones.  

Financial Documents Checklist

Things to Consider While Making Your Plans

POLST Form (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) 

The POLST form, from the PA Department of Health, describes your choices in the event of serious illness. Family Hospice recommends you review this form with your physician and loved ones. 

Download the POLST form


The Conversation Project

This national initiative provides tools for individuals and families in order to advance discussions about end-of-life wishes.

Download the “Starter” and “How to Talk to Your Doctor” kits

Five Wishes

The "Five Wishes" document gives you a way to control something that is very important - how you are treated in the event of a serious illness. It is an easy to complete form that lets you say exactly what you want. Visit the Five Wishes website   Be sure to keep these completed forms with your important papers.

Other Internet Sites Providing Hospice Care Information

Family Hospice provides links to the following sites to help you locate general information about hospice care and end-of-life education.
Find them here