Comfort Keepers of Shelton, CT, Shares Information On Legal Considerations For Seniors
Learn about how in home supportive services can help organize important documents
When you are discussing in home care options with your loved one, you should take into consideration important legal issues too. If you don’t plan in advance, you may not be able to act on your loved one’s behalf in case of a health crisis. By addressing legal matters early on, you can make decisions together with your loved one.
A living will is a legal document that provides health and care instructions in the event a person becomes seriously ill or incapacitated. It is important to know that advance directives can be revoked or replaced at any time so they can reflect your current wishes and situation.
A durable power of attorney for health care allows your loved one to specify who can make decisions in their name if they cannot make their own choices. Similarly, a durable power of attorney for finances enables your loved one to decide who can manage their finances in case they cannot do it on their own.
Many seniors feel that signing a power of attorney means losing control over their lives. The truth is, however, that legal documents can give your loved one more freedom in making decisions about the future. If your loved one does not have a power of attorney or living will, a court can appoint a guardian or conservator. This can be avoided by naming a health care proxy, a person who knows your loved one enough to decide on their behalf.
A health care proxy can be a family member or a friend. It is important that your loved one trusts this person and that they share similar views on life and medical decisions. Your loved one can also decide how much authority the proxy will have over their medical care.
For more information about legal documents and in home supportive services for seniors, please contact Comfort Keepers of Shelton, CT. We can help you make informed decisions about your senior mom or dad’s current and future care needs.