Last year, the Michigan legislature passed a law which offers new options for end-of-life decision-making for the terminally ill individual. POST will help promote simplicity in making a limited number of the more important medical decisions in end-of-life planning, using a check-the-box format. A guardian or patient advocate can also sign a POST form, provided they follow certain steps before they consent to a POST on behalf of the patient.
The new POST form and booklet should be available soon through the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. POST stands for “Physicians Orders for Scope of Treatment” and the POST form is designed to be filled out and signed by a terminally ill patient and his or her attending health professional, when the patient has less than a year to live. There is no witness or notary required.
The POST is portable and will travel with the patient from location to location, like to and from the hospital and to a nursing home and to hospice care or in-home care.
The POST form is not drafted by an attorney (unlike the typical Patient Advocate Designation), but is drafted in medical terms and should make it easier for medical professionals to understand the directions.
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