(Living Wills, Power of Attorney, Your Rights, etc.)

NHHPCO announces support for the development of POLST. The NHHPCO Board of Directors recently
voted to support the use of Provider Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST). A comprehensive
POLST strategy will provide an opportunity to respect the wishes of patients and strengthen
communication between patients and clinicians and among different health provider organizations.
The POLST document reflects current preferences of the patient with serious illness or frailty and
answers questions for treatment that goes beyond the portable DNR. The POLST extends patient
autonomy in multiple care settings by allowing people to document their desire for common
treatments that often require quick decisions to administer such as antibiotics, blood transfusions
and fluids. The POLST initiative is being led by the N.H. Healthcare Decisions Coalition.

New Hampshire Advance Directives
General Information and New Hampshire FORMS for download  NOTE: 15 pages - please allow a few seconds for download.
  • pages 1-7, general information
  • pages 8-12, NH Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care form
  • pages 13-15, NH Declaration (living will) form
Information on Other State-specific Advance Directives [Janice - bad link]

Useful and practical INFORMATION about  Hospice, Palliative Care and Advance Directives  on the NHPCO Caring Connections website
The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization offers brochures and state-specific advance directives to provide you with information and resources for advance care planning.
Five Wishes
An inexpensive, helpful booklet to help you express how you want to be treated if you are seriously ill and unable to speak for yourself.
Caring Conversations
This website helps families share meaningful conversation while making practical preparations for end-of-life decisions. It offers a free workbook filled with thought-provoking questions.
Isn't It Time We Talk? [Janice - is this the correct link?]
This inexpensive planning guide is a step-by-step workbook designed to help individuals and families plan for the care they want at the end of life.
Additional Resources on more End-of-Life Topics [ask Chris about this link]