"Who speaks for you if you are not able to speak for yourself? Who determines what kind of care you want at the end of life, how your finances are handled, how your estate will be distributed? You do … but only IF you've prepared ahead of time. Below, we outline the types of documents that are needed to ensure that your wishes are respected." Bonnie Lawrence, Family Caregiver Alliance
In a recent article on pbs.org Bonnie Lawrence shares some great points about maintaining choices at the end of life. The article titled Want Control at the End of Your LIfe? Here's What You Need covers many of the points we have discussed here before.
- Advanced Healthcare Directives
- Physicians Order for Scope of Treatment (POST)
- Financial Power of Attorney
- Last Will
- Living Trust
The article is certainly worth taking time to read, whether for you or a family member. In the words of the author:
"The documents are fairly straightforward, yet many people postpone taking action to complete them. It isn't easy to think about your own incapacity or death. But these important legal and health care decisions not only protect your own interests, they protect your family and loved ones by clarifying the kinds of care you would like to receive if you are seriously ill. After completing the legal paperwork, the next very important step is to sit down and talk with your family about the decisions you've made and why."
The article can be found at http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/decisions-future-documents-need-2/