For Patients/Families

A Code Death for Dying Patients” by Jessica Nutik Zitter, M.D., New York Times, April 10, 2014.  A doctor share the values and benefits of discontinuing heroic efforts, and what this can look like.

CPR: A Decision Aid for Patients and their Families is a 6- page pamphlet addressing CPR decision-making and answering frequently asked questions.

A patient/family-friendly website sponsored by the Center to Advance Palliative Care that describes palliative care and how to access appropriate services.

The Conversation Project began in 2010, when a group of concerned media, clergy, and medical professionals gathered to share stories of “good deaths” and “bad deaths” within their own circle of loved ones. The Conversation Project is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care.

Life Matters Media provides a platform for the sharing of information, resources, communication and experiences of those living their final days fully, the vision of Life Matters Media is to create a community for ones facing the end of life and for those that care for them.

Illinois Department of Public Health Statement of Illinois Law on Advance Directives and DNR Orders, and guidance for individuals and for healthcare providers. Includes downloadable statutory advance directives forms, including DNR advance directive/POLST, available in Spanish and English.

National Healthcare Decisions Day is a comprehensive listing of websites and other resources for advance care planning, geared toward the consumer.

A downloadable toolkit provided by the American Bar Association for patients, that guides reflection on level-of-care issues, identification of proxy, communication with proxy and physicians and completion of advance directives documents.

A patient/family-friendly website sponsored by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization that includes information about advance care planning, caregiving, living with illness and grief and bereavement.