Planning for end-of-life care is needed to ensure that your loved one's wishes regarding medical care is properly carried out and understood by the entire family. Advance directives takes the burden of decision making away from family and doctor and provides dignity and autonomy for your loved one.
- A living will also called a directive to physicians and a type of advance directive, is a document that lets a person state their wishes for end-of-life medical care, in case they become unable to communicate their decisions.
- A durable power of attorney for finances or financial power of attorney is a way to allow someone else manage finances in the event an individual becomes incapacitated and are unable to make those decisions them self. The power is granted in a document, it grants someone legal authority to act on the individual’s behalf for financial issues.
- A durable power of attorney for health care or medical power of attorney will allow an individual person to make these decisions them self. This applies to all health care decisions and for all types of medical conditions.
- Do not resuscitate (DNR) order is a medical order written by a doctor. It instructs health care providers not to do cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) if a patient's breathing stops or if the patient's heart stops beating.
- Estate planning is one of the most important steps any person can take to make sure that their final property and health care wishes are honored, and that loved ones are provided for in their absence.