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The COVID-19 pandemic presents unprecedented challenges for all, particularly our chronically ill and frail elderly. It is also an opportunity to be certain we understand how they want to be treated now and at the end-of-life. Care consistent with goals is not just a concept and we want to make it a reality.
— Stacy Dunning, NP Elder Care West Michigan

According to a 2017 report published by the Kaiser Family Foundation and The Economist, a little over half of people in the United States had end-of-life conversations with loved ones, with less than 20% having these discussions with their providers. Only 27% had formally documented their wishes in advance directives or Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) forms.

“I don’t believe that people don’t value addressing their wishes for how they want to be cared for, I think they have little idea what it’s like once they enter the health care system particularly when they are unable to make decisions for themselves. COVID-19 has forced us to look at this reality.”

Read a brief, engaging excerpt from a truly relevant interview on the topic produced by NPR.

If you or your family have any questions about advanced care planning for yourself or a loved one, please contact us for a phone or telehealth conversation at

Advanced Care Planning 

Planning for the future is an important part of person-centered care, as it helps ensure that an individual’s wishes regarding treatment and care options are fulfilled.

  • Be aware of a person’s advance directives and ensure they follow the person if a transfer is necessary.
  • Ensuring individuals’ advance directives, Provider Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST), and other documents are all up to date with current documented wishes, and physician orders are consistent with these wishes.