End of Life Care Planning

Making a Plan

PCOA is a member of the End of Life Care Partnership. The Partners are dedicated to providing education and resources that prepare adults to plan for end of life care.

Please visit the coalition’s website by clicking here.

Why is planning for your end of life care important?

  • By planning, you make decisions that reflect your wishes for end of life care and create a guide for loved ones and health care professionals to follow.
  • By not planning, you allow others to make decisions for you.
  • By planning, you provide your loved ones with peace of mind because they will know what you want and will not be left guessing.
  • Learn more about Advance Care Planning by reading a recent article from our CEO, W. Mark Clark, by clicking here.

How do I make a plan?End of Life Flyer

  • Think about what is important to you and what care you want at the end of your life. Professionals or family members can help you with this.
  • Document your wishes by creating an advance directive.
  • Communicate your wishes to family members, friends and health care professionals by sharing copies of
    your advance directives. Note: If life circumstances change, plans can be changed.

What forms do I need to fill out?

Each state has its own requirements for making end of life care wishes official. In Arizona, you can complete official forms or write out a personal statement of your own. In either case, your documents need to be properly signed and witnessed.

Where can I get official forms?

Official State of Arizona forms are available from the AZ Attorney General’s website.

Another commonly used form is Five Wishes, which is available from Aging with Dignity.

For assistance in completing forms, in English or Spanish, please contact the PCOA Helpline at 520-790-7262 to schedule an appointment.

Beginning in January 2016, Medicare Part B will provide coverage for advance care planning services (discussions of beneficiary preferences for end-of-life care). Read the NCOA fact sheet for an explanation of this great new benefit.