Advanced Care Planning/POLST:
Advanced Care Planning (commonly, ACP) refers to a discussion of the type of care (medical intervention) a patient would want to receive if they were to become unable to speak for themselves, including a discussion of advance directives. These wishes and preferences can be modified or discarded throughout the disease process as circumstances change.
Our Palliative Care team can speak with the patient, family, and primary caregiver about disease progression and treatment options. These ongoing conversations aim at guiding the healthcare providers as well as the patient’s family and caregivers in an effort to respect the patient’s wishes regarding their care.
Under Palliative Care, we ask patients to voluntarily complete the Georgia POLST (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) form as developed and recognized by the Georgia Department of Public Health. Our Social Worker and Nurse Practitioner can help provide a well-rounded understanding of the patient’s options and how to fill out a POLST form.