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Supporting your wishes for end-of-life care

At Geisinger, we will support and guide you and your family as you make important decisions about end-of-life care.

Your wishes and preferences are crucial to Geisinger's efforts to provide you with high quality care at the end of life. Your medical team will take the time to explain your condition, prognosis, treatment options and projected outcomes―as well as possible risks, benefits or burdens―so you and your family can make informed decisions about your future.

Our staff is experienced at helping patients communicate their wishes and preferences for end-of-life care. We will explain the purpose of several important and legally enforceable documents, including:

  • An advance care plan
  • Advance directives, including living wills and durable powers of attorney for healthcare
  • Pennsylvania Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST)

Geisinger encourages everyone to document their healthcare wishes and preferences. Even if you aren't elderly or seriously ill, end-of-life documentation can be useful in the event of a sudden accident or illness. In addition to providing copies of these documents to your doctor and your family members, we encourage you to provide a copy to the hospital if you become a patient.

You can trust Geisinger to offer support to you and your loved ones during difficult times and provide respectful, compassionate care.