Comfort Keepers Home Care Agency in Salisbury, NC, Shares Legal Considerations
Learn what legal information is important to have for your loved one working with a home care agency in Salisbury, Concord, Kannapolis, Lexington, and the surrounding areas
The last time you took your mother or father to the emergency room, or into the medical center for a procedure, were they asked if they had a medical directive or otherwise known as an advance directive? This legal form allows your parent to make decisions before they become ill or unable to make their decisions. Your mother or father must appoint someone who will speak on their behalf to the home care agency and make their care decisions for them. Those decisions may be outlined in the document for that person to carry out. There are two forms of this document, Living Will and the Durable Power of Attorney.
The Living Will is established and defines mom or dad’s final wishes which may or may not coincide with the individual assigned to carry out this assignment. It is important that when this Will is being prepared that both the parent and their adult child or whomever they select discuss the importance of this document. Your parent can specify to the doctor, home care agency, and medical team (without naming them) as to what procedures they can and cannot proceed with.
The Durable Power of Attorney is designed for carrying out healthcare maintenance. This document is established for emergency procedures and healthcare when and if your mother or father is temporarily enabled. Both of these documents often are a necessity as your parents are living longer and facing medical and accidental issues that often need to be attended to, and if your parent is not able to speak for themselves, it is best to have a reliable person speak on their behalf.
Many of these forms are available online. However, check North Carolina's specific requirements before filling them out and filing. Comfort Keepers Home Care agency in Salisbury, NC, can assist you. Call us today at (704) 322-3240!