Important Documents for Health Care Decisions

January 28, 2015 abigail Comments
Do you have the necessary legal documents and advance directives in place for end of life care and medical emergencies?bYou can take several approaches to these documents. For example, you can hire an attorney to do them for you. Or, go out on the Internet find what you need, get them completed and executed.

Here is a list of the some of the documents you need, or might need.

  • Durable Power of Attorney for Finances gives someone called a trustee the power to make legal and financial decisions for the person with Alzheimer’s dementia.
  • Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care gives someone called a proxy the power to make health care decisions for the person with Alzheimer’s dementia.
  • Living Will states the person’s wishes for health care at the end of life.
  • Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) this form tells health care staff how the person wants end-of-life health care managed.
  • Will tells how the person wants his or her property and money to be divided among those left behind.
  • Living Trust tells someone called a trustee how to distribute a person’s property and money

You can contact your State Attorney Generals’ Office to obtain help and advice.

Thanks to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and Caring Connections you can get all or most of the documents you need on one website.

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