A Financial Power of Attorney (POA) comes into play when your loved one is no longer willing or able to make decisions on their living arrangements, finances or investments. It is a legal document that must be notarized. It's best to have this documentation in case an accident or other tragic situation arises when you least expect it.
A Medical Power of Attorney (MPOA) is for health care decisions and is considered one piece of your health care directives. It is a legal document that must be notarized and lets family and trusted friends know your wishes for health care should you become sick or injured and unable to speak for yourself.
This is important documentation when a senior has a serious accident or fall and ends up in the hospital. Medical professionals will be looking to the MPOA for health related questions or senior living placement.
A living will is also considered a directive for your medical professionals, that indicates your (or your senior loved one) how you would like to proceed with end of life care. Should you become incapacitated or unable to communicate your wishes, it will guide the professionals to make their decisions.
Without this documentation, family members and medical professionals will have to make decisions on what treatment they feel is appropriate. This can end up poorly when multiple sources are voicing their opinions.
Hospice benefits are covered by Medicare Part A, the part that provides hospital insurance. It's a voluntary program and there are many companies to choose from in the Tucson area. It's best to talk with your medical professionals when deciding which hospice is best for your senior loved one. Remember you can change from one hospice to another if you're not satisfied or take your loved one off their services completely. In this case, the patient would go back to their previous insurance care, including Medicare. Learn More
A DNR (do not resuscitate) form is a medical document that tells emergency personnel that you don't want to be resuscitated if you have a medical emergency. This must be signed by your doctor. In the event that emergency medical is called in to revive you and you do not have a DNR, they will use all possible solutions to save your life. Download a DNR here.
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