Elderly Care Advance Directives

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The importance of advance directives

A crucial but sensitive issue to discuss is the creation of a living will and durable power of attorney. Living wills are written instructions that explain ones’ wishes regarding healthcare in the case of a terminal illness and should be very specific. Durable power of attorney delegates a person to make decisions if one becomes unable to do so. A living will and durable power of attorney should be done by consulting those involved in carrying out the wishes of the one to whom you provide care.

While finances and legal issues may be a sensitive subject, approach them in terms of “helping” rather than “taking over.” Most likely, you won’t be mentioning anything your loved one isn’t already concerned about. Having these documents prepared, and assuring they outline wishes in case of terminal illness and/or inability to make decisions, will help minimize conflict and confusion.

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