One of the more difficult duties of caregiving is assuming responsibility for difficult decisions concerning serious medical issues. Without power of attorney statements and other similar legal documents, however, caregivers may be unable to carry out these responsibilities at all.
There are three documents that caregivers should have on hand in the event of an emergency situation: health care power of attorney, personal care instructions, and a living will. If these are in place, then if a situation arises in which a loved one is unable to make a decision about an important healthcare issue, the designated individual will be able to move forward in a manner that honors the patient's wishes.
More specifically, the three documents discussed above are:
Nobody likes to discuss things like a living will, but it is important to have these documents in place and to discuss them with family members or close friends.
Do You Need Power of Attorney for Your Loved One? - manhattan.myhomecareblog.com
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