Advance Care Planning
At Covenant Health Medical Group, we support an individual’s right
to choose the care they want. Our Ethical Directives of Catholic Healthcare
call on us to respect the dignity of each person.
Talking with your family, friends and your physician about your wishes
for medical care at the end of your life is called advance care planning.
It's a way for you, your loved ones and your physician to discuss
the kinds of care you want and don't want at that time. You can also
specify the care you would want if you become unable to speak or make
decisions for yourself, due to a coma or other medical condition. When
you write down your wishes, this kind of plan is called an advance directive.
If you have an Advanced Care Directive, please bring it to your appointment.
If not please download the form below and complete it.
Advance Health Care Directive is a legal document that tells your physician, your family members and
friends about what kind of care you would like to have if you become unable
to make medical decisions. It's called an advance directive because
you choose your medical care before you become seriously ill.
Five Wishes serves as an Advance Directive and is a legally-valid tool
available for your use. Five Wishes helps ensure your wishes, and those
of your loved ones, will be respected-even if you cannot speak for yourself.
Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment (MOST) is a form that describes your
wishes about certain medical treatments in your current state of health.
MOST orders allow people with advanced illness to plan ahead for circumstances
when they may not be able to communicate their healthcare choices. Specially
trained healthcare professionals will talk with you about your care preferences
and your physician will complete and sign the MOST form. The MOST form
follows you along the continuum of care: from home, to the hospital to
long term care. The MOST form is for those with advanced illness. It is
also appropriate for the frail and elderly.
here to download the Texas MOST form in English.