Many of our clients worry about their parents. Sometimes, they are concerned for their aging parents in regards to their healthcare.
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We often recommend that concerned clients have a discussion with their parents to make sure that they have all the right documents in place, to protect their wishes.
One incredibly important document that your parents should have in place is a Medical Durable Power of Attorney.
What is a Medical Durable Power of Attorney?
It is a document that instructs healthcare professionals what your wishes are if you become incapacitated. It also names the person who you want to make decisions on your behalf.
A Medical Durable Power of Attorney can come in many forms and include a variety of clauses.
We help our clients closely tailor theirs to their wishes and we include a variety of language to protect them in every situation.
When thinking about your Medical Durable Power of Attorney, or one for your parents or loved one, here are a few things to think about:
- Do you want to stay in your residence or would you prefer to be moved to an assisted living or medical facility?
- Do you want pain relief provided?
- Do you consent to psychiatric treatment?
- Will you consent to an autopsy?
- Who do you want to be your patient advocate, or the person that makes medical decisions on your behalf when you cannot make them yourself?
We work with our clients to make sure that all of these questions and more are covered in their Medical Durable Power of Attorney.
We also ensure our clients have an up-to-date HIPAA release, allowing their patient advocate to be an authorized recipient of their healthcare information.
If you are worried about your parents, it is essential you have discussions with them about what care they want if they are incapacitated and if they have the right documents in place to protect their wishes.
While these discussions can be difficult, it is better to have them before it is too late.
Contact us today to help you get the right documents in place or to update your current estate plan. We will plan so that you don’t have to worry about your future.
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