What Is Palliative Care? 

Palliative care is a way to improve quality of life for a patient who is being treated for a serious illness.

Deciding About Resuscitation 

Do Not Resuscitate orders tell hospital staff not to perform potentially life-saving measures, such as CPR, if your heart and lungs stop working.

An Agent's Role for Durable Power of Attorney 

Often it’s hard to know which medical treatment choices you might face. Would you rather let someone you trust decide for you? A durable power of attorney for health care lets you name an agent to carry out your wishes. This happens only if you can’t express your wishes yourself.

Being a Healthcare Proxy 

A health care proxy is a person who represents a patient when the patient can’t speak for himself or herself.

Stopping Life-Sustaining Treatments 

As your illness progresses, there may come a time when treatments no longer benefit you. Decisions must then be made whether to continue or stop these treatments.