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Understanding MOLST is a Must

MOLST formThe Massachusetts MOLST (Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) form is a way for people with advanced illness to document their preferences for life-sustaining treatment and communicate these as medical orders to be honored across all healthcare settings in Massachusetts.

A presentation about MOLST will be held on Wednesday, September 10, 2014, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the Oak Lounge of the Farren Care Center at 340 Montague City Road, Turners Falls, MA 01376. 

Light refreshments will be provided. Seating is limited, so pre-registration is requested. Call 413-773-5555 x2242 to RSVP by August 29.

MOLST gives patients the ability to accept or refuse a variety of medical treatments after engaging in conversations with their medical provider. The MOLST form is printed on bright pink paper so that EMTs, who are trained to look for the form in outpatient settings, can easily find it.

This presentation will address:

  • the contents of the MOLST form;
  • who should consider obtaining a MOLST form;
  • the process for filling out a MOLST form; and
  • the difference between a MOLST form, a CC/DNR (Comfort Care/Do Not Resuscitate) Verification form, a living will, and a health care proxy.

If you, or someone close to you, are facing a serious illness or you have an interest in understanding options in regards to life-sustaining medical treatment towards the end of life, then this discussion will be of benefit. Understanding MOLST and discussion options with your health care provider are critical when facing such choices.

Presenter Lea Appel, NP-C, of Hospice of Franklin County, performs palliative care consultations. Palliative Care is a medical specialty that focuses on providing comfort and improving the quality of life for those people with advanced illness through symptom management and advanced care planning.

This event is a collaboration between Franklin County Home Care Corporation, Hospice of Franklin County, and Farren Care Center. You can read more about MOLST at www.MOLST-MA.org.