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For Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, and Health Care Providers:

Information & Resources to Help Adults with Serious Advancing Illness

On December 19, 2014, new state regulations went into effect that require all licensed hospitals, clinics, and long-term care facilities to distribute information regarding a full range of end of life care options to adults with serious advancing illness. We’ve put together information and tools to help physicians and nurse practitioners work in partnership with patients to start planning discussions and offer the best possible care that honors a patient’s values and  choices. Read more.


Know Your Choices: A Guide for Patients with Serious Advancing Illness”, Dept. of Public Health. Click here.

Consider Medical and Health Care Information

Explore medical and health care information to consider the kind of care you want right now and in the future.

New State Regulations: Enhancing Quality of Life For Adults with Serious Advancing Illness


Christine McMichael, Executive Director, Hospice & Palliative Care Federation of Massachusetts, says the new regulations are exciting and hopeful, and will help care providers and patients work together to enhance a patient’s quality of life.

Collins_BethCreating a Road Map for Lifelong Quality Care

Talk with your doctors and care providers about your goals for care and your planning documents,

to create your own personal road map for quality care at every stage of health.

Elizabeth J. Collins, MD, Medical Director of Palliative Care, Lahey Health

d4sf7-86Things to Know about Life-Sustaining Treatment

A guide to some commonly asked questions about Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Artificial Ventilation/Breathing, and Artificial Nutrition.



older manChoosing Hospice: A Personal Journey for Adults and Families

Hospice helps adults with advanced illness transition through to the end of life, and live each day to the fullest.

Nancy Storer, Christina Della Croce, Cindy Mayher, Denise McQuaide, Parmenter Community Health Care

kateGranigan Care Providers: Important Members of Your Health Care Team

A care provider is any person helping to provide personal and medical care. Working as part of your health care team, they provide essential services and compassionate care.

Kate Granigan, MSW, LICSW, C-ASWCM, is Vice President of Care Management, Overlook CARE