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Monday, April 20, 2009

Why Do We Avoid Advance Directives?

When I visit my father, I make a point of checking: Is that battered leather folder full of legal documents sitting in its usual spot in the den?

At 86, Dad is managing quite nicely in his own apartment. But the day will likely come when he’ll face choices about how much medical treatment to undergo, and he may be too incapacitated to make or express such decisions. Read the full article

1 comment:

  1. My wife and I just went through a situation with my mother-in-law. She was living at home till she was 94, with us as here caregivers. We knew that as she aged there would be issues about her health that would need hard choices.

    My mother-in-law did had advance directives, and made my wife her guardian and power of attorney. When the time came for her to become nursing home bound, she down-slid and passed away.

    The decisions made in that timespan followed the advance directive guidelines my mother-in-law had dictated while still lucid and eliminated what could have been major complications on her end of life care.

    You could say that, based on experience, I am a strong advocate taking care of power of attorney and advance directives.


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