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Links and Resources

The Links and Resources are intended for patients who have developed a serious or advanced illness and their family and friends.

http://www.engagewithgrace.org/  - the One Slide project from Engage With Grace: 5 questions to encourage family members to begin a conversation about end-of-life preferences

http://www.caringbridge.org/  - free personalized websites that connect family and friends during a serious health event

Financial Affairs at the End of Life  2nd ed., 2009  - a resource guide specifically designed for those in hospice care and their families by the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants and Hospice of Michigan

Questions & Answers About Hospice For You or a Loved One  - a brochure specifically developed for the African American community by the Partners in Care Foundation

Legal Guide for the Seriously Ill : Seven Key Steps to Get Your Affairs in Order  - prepared in 2009 by the American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

Five Wishes  - a simplified Living Will form from Aging With Dignity

POLST – Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment is a form that specifies the types of medical treatment that a seriously ill patient wishes to receive. This form is for California. For POLST information for other areas go to: http://www.ohsu.edu/polst/programs/state+programs.htm

Advance Directives by State
A living will allows you to document your wishes concerning medical treatments at the end of life.
A medical power of attorney (or healthcare proxy) allows you to appoint a person you trust as your healthcare agent (or surrogate decision maker), who is authorized to make medical decisions on your behalf.

Consumer’s Guide to Legal Help from the American Bar Association

Funeral Planning Assistance from the Funeral Consumer’s Alliance

My Funeral Choices Worksheet from the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

Find an Adult Day Services Association   - search by location; from The National Adult Day Services Association

Eldercare Locator   - from the US Administration on Aging; find local agencies for transportation, meals, home care and caregiver support services

Everyone Rides : Transportation Access for Culturally and Ethnically Diverse Elders   - National Center on Senior Transportation’s recommendations for providing mobility for all

Family Caregiving 101   - resources for family caregivers of ill or disabled loved ones

Caring to Help Others : a Training Manual for Preparing Volunteers to Assist Caregivers of Older Adults   - from Eisai, Inc., a human health care company

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