End of Life Care - Resources


End of life care is the term used to describe the support and medical care given during the time surrounding death. The following organizations offer tools, resources, and steps to help you live as well as possible and to make sure your healthcare provider, family, and loved ones can follow your wishes about end of life care.


National Institute on Aging

To help people make sound health decisions and get the care they want for themselves or family members as life draws to a close, the National Institute on Aging has a comprehensive booklet, “End of Life: Helping With Comfort and Care.” (PDF)

Five Wishes Online

Aging with Dignity's Five Wishes meets the legal requirements for an advanced directive in NYS. It allows you to express how you want to be treated, using a document that is easy to complete and is legally binding.  The Five Wishes are:

  • Wish 1: The Person I Want to Make Care Decisions for Me When I Can't
  • Wish 2: The Kind of Medical Treatment I Want or Don't Want
  • Wish 3: How Comfortable I Want to Be
  • Wish 4: How I Want People to Treat Me
  • Wish 5: What I Want My Loved Ones to Know



Hospice is a not-for-profit health-care agency dedicated to helping individuals who are near the end of life maintain their dignity and enhance the quality of life, with supports and services for both the patient and the family.

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A. K. Vaidian, MD, MPH,Commissioner of Behavioral & Community Health A. K. Vaidian, MD, MPH
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