The Physicians Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment, or POLST, program is an approach to end-of-life planning based on communication between patients, family, and medical providers. The main goal of POLST is to combine the advice of physicians with the wishes of patients in a single form. This POLST form enables seriously ill patients to choose treatments they want and ensures that their wishes are honored.
The purpose of an Advanced Health Care Directives is to make it easier and more practical for you to state your medical care wishes in a legally binding format.
Which matters are covered by an AHCD? [Read more…]
What is meant by the term “Living Care?” Traditionally, estate planning attorneys or financial advisors worked with families to develop financial plans for their clients. Estate planning attorneys drew up papers for their clients, often using template forms, to pass wealth from one generation to another. These papers came in various forms such as Last Will and Testament, Powers of Attorney, Living Trusts and so on. [Read more…]
A power of attorney is an essential part of estate planning and long term care planning, the origin of which goes back centuries. In the state of Washington, the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 11.94 provides some of the basic rules about powers of attorney. [Read more…]
As we have discussed in earlier blogs, it is always a goal for ourselves and our loved ones to remain independent within our own home for as long as possible. [Read more…]
Falls Among Older Adults: An Overview
Each year, one in every three adults age 65 and older falls. Falls can cause moderate to severe injuries, such as hip fractures and head injuries, and can increase the risk of early death. Fortunately, falls are a public health problem that is largely preventable.
How big is the problem? [Read more…]
Although many of us feel that nursing home placement will never be an option for ourselves or our loved ones, there may come a time when skilled nursing care truly is the best and only option for our care needs. The vast number of nursing home facilities today offer a wide range of services and amenities that [Read more…]
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Communication is important.
The next step to being a proficient caregiver is to have good communication between you and your loved one. Communication skills help caregivers to adapt to changing circumstances by enabling them to get and share information, ask questions, and stay connected to the other individuals involved. [Read more…]
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How to determine the type of care needed:
Sometimes a sudden change in a loved one’s physical or mental ability does not allow time for extensive planning. This is why thinking ahead and creating a care plan is crucial. It is important to explore all the options that are available in order to make a choice that will be acceptable to all parties involved. [Read more…]
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What is a Caregiver?
If you provide assistance to someone who is disabled or who needs help with day-to-day activities because of an accident, a chronic condition, or cognitive disability, you are a caregiver. However, the definition of a caregiver is a broad one. Shopping for groceries, providing transportation to doctor appointments, and helping an aging parent with finances are also all examples of caregiving. Today, more than 65 million Americans are caregivers. [Read more…]