Tag Archives: POLST

Developing POLST Forms in Illinois

What is a POLST form? The Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) form is an advance directive-like, portable form used in many states across the US. Over a year ago, it was made legal for use in Illinois. The form allows for patients with their doctor’s input to put their end-of-life decisions into medical orders […]

Difference Between Power of Attorney & POLST

In a recent post, we provided simple definitions of advance directives terminology. These terms can be confusing – even to caregivers – so I want to use this blog post to better explain when you should consider each. Advance care planning is a life-long process. Unforeseen events can happen at any time, including accidents or […]

Advance Directives, DNR & POLST (Part I)

Power of Attorney for Health Care, Living Will, DNR, POLST, POST, advance directives… these terms can be confusing, but it is important that everyone understands them. Below are some simple definitions of advance directives terminology. Advance Directives An umbrella term for many types of documents that relate to providing future health care decisions for patients. […]

Connections 124: Who Needs a POLST Form?

Last week, I offered some of the basic “need to know” points about Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) forms. This week, I’d like to share a brief listing of who should be filling out POLST forms. The form does require a physician signature (currently Illinois law does not allow mid-level providers to sign […]

Connections 123: What to Know about POLST

The Illinois Uniform Do-Not-Resuscitate form is being changed as a result of legislation requiring it to comply with national Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) guidelines. Here are a few important points you should know about POLST. Bringing the current Illinois DNR form in to compliance with POLST makes the proposed new form a […]