We are pleased to provide access to information which may be of assistance to our patients in planning for care at the end of life.
Once duly witnessed, these forms carry the force of legal documents. These documents are specific to the State of Rhode Island, but they may be applicable in other states as well.
Patients are encouraged to discuss their wishes about end-of-life care with their physicians. Such discussions may take place in the physician's office, at the time of admission to the hospital or at any time during the hospitalization. Patients and their physicians may want to revisit this discussion (or initiate it if not previously addressed) after recovery from any serious illness or hospitalization.
Hospital chaplains and social work departments are available for assistance in discussing these difficult issues. If conflicts arise, your hospital Ethics Committee is available to assist with further discussion.
Seminars and workshops regarding advance directives and end of life care decisions are available free of charge to community groups, schools, churches and agencies. For more information or to schedule a speaker, contact Bill Kirkpatrick at 401-444-5716 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org