Choices Program

The Choices team can assist you in understanding and preparing an Advance Health Care Directive and/or a POLST (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) form. These are legal documents that ensure your family, physicians, and hospital staff know what your wishes are should you be unable to speak for yourself. Having these decisions made prior to a medical crisis can ease the burden on those who will be called upon to make healthcare decisions for you.

Education about hospice care. When the focus of medical care changes from curative to comfort, hospice can provide physical, emotional, practical, and spiritual support for the entire family. Hospice works together with patients and their families to enhance their quality of life. Electing hospice doesn’t mean “giving up”, rather it is a choice to live life as fully and comfortably as possible. Although you may be faced with a chronic or sudden illness, you can choose the kind of treatment you will undergo, the type of care you want, and the way you live your life. Bakersfield Medical Center and Heritage Physician Network want you to know and understand your options so you and your loved ones can make the choices that are right for you. BFMC’s Choices program is designed to empower you and your family with knowledge and information. You will have the opportunity to participate in discussions regarding your diagnosis, treatment options, and care alternatives. The program can help you and your family through what can often be a difficult and challenging time.