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Posted 7 years 310 days ago ago by Mary

When it comes to long term care and some of the special issues that we must address, it is important to have an advance directive. Many people call the advance directive a medical power of attorney or a living will, but basically it is a document that allows you to identify an advocate who can make decisions on your behalf when you. In addition, it gives them instructions on whether you would like to be kept on life support. Although this is a very important document because you want a spokes person to be able to step in and handle this, there is more to it than just completing the document. You need to sit down with the individual that you have designated and discuss your end of life care concerns, whether or not you will be open to being placed in a nursing home as well as any current medical conditions you are facing that they need to be aware of. Just setting up the document and providing a copy to your advocate is not enough, you need to be more proactive so that your advocate is prepared to step in. In addition to giving your advocate direction, the document is also important as it provides access to medical information under the federal HIPAA laws. Your medical information is private and if your advocate needs to discuss issues with your doctor, make appointments for you or transfer records, they will need the HIPAA power as well. As you can see there are a lot of things that need to be planned for in the event of a medical situation and being proactive as opposed to reactive is always a better route to go.

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