December 6, 2007
Health Tip: End-of-Life Planning
Suggestions for caregivers
(HealthDay News) - Caregivers assume a host of vital responsibilities, but an easily neglected or often-avoided task is end-of-life planning.
Here are some suggestions, courtesy of the American Academy of Family Physicians:
- Be sure that your loved one makes advance directives, including instructions on what kinds of medical services he or she wants (or doesn't want) if unable to communicate.
- Talk to your loved one about receiving hospice care, which can help provide comfort as a disease or condition progresses.
- Be sure the person's finances are in order. Review the will, life insurance policy, and other legal documents with an attorney.
- Make funeral arrangements, according to your loved one's wishes.