What is Advance Care Planning?

What is life-sustaining treatment?

It can be difficult to choose which treatments to consent to on your AHCD and POLST if you're not sure what they entail. View descriptions of common life-sustaining treatments, their benefits, and their risks below.

Advance care planning involves declaring the type of medical care you would prefer in the event that you become unable to voice your wishes. In California, the two most important forms involved in advance care planning are the AHCD and the POLST


The Advance Health Care Directive (AHCD) lets you name who you want to make medical decisions on your behalf, and declares what you want those decisions to be. The Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) is a record of your preferences which is given to medical personnel in the event of an emergency.