Senior Living Team Can Help Clarify Older Adults' End-of-Life Wishes

October 4, 2016

Physicians' Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatments, or POLST, forms often are seen as a way to honor the end-of-life wishes of frail elderly individuals when they no longer can speak for themselves.
A study published last week in the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, however, finds that these medical order forms often are incomplete or ambiguous, leaving healthcare professionals uncertain of an older adult's preferences.