Planning for Health Care Near the End of Life

Many older people think about how they want to dispose of their home and other property when they die. To assure this is handled as they wish, they make a will. They also can decide and document who will make financial decisions if age or illness no longer allows them to do so. Sometimes people are not aware they can also establish a plan for the health care they want near the end of life.

Conflict & Family Caregivers – What You Need to Know

Conflict is a normal, natural part of everyone’s life. Factors that can exacerbate conflict include the well-known things to avoid in polite conversation: religion, politics and money. For families, these big three topics quickly trigger emotions that can be difficult to defuse and when things go awry the aftermath can be felt for decades. According to a May 2018 AARP article “Millennials: The Emerging Generation of Family Caregivers,” there are 40 million family caregivers in

What Is A Living Will?

Colorado law[1] provides that any adult with decisional capacity may make advanced written decisions about the use of medical or surgical procedures when he or she has a terminal condition or is in a persistent vegetative state (PVS). This written declaration is called a Declaration as to Medical Treatment and is commonly referred to as a Living Will. A Living Will is clear and convincing evidence of a person’s wishes regarding end of life decisions. 

Avoid the Five Common Mistakes of Estate Planning

When – or if – people prepare for their death or disability, they often are unaware of the five common mistakes people generally make. A well-written estate plan helps you avoid those five mistakes. What are they? Mistake 1. Loss of control. Surprisingly, disability is more likely in the short term than death, so you also need to address what happens if you become disabled and cannot make medical or financial decisions. Do not assume

Can Advanced Care Planning Help Everyone?

I’m sure that you’re asking how can any ONE thing help everyone? In this age where there are a multitude of different solutions for everyone, it’s hard to think that everyone taking the same action would be good. Well, let’s suppose that you were so hurt or ill that you couldn’t speak. What would your loved ones do? How would they know what treatment options and medical decisions to make for you? For that matter

Advance Directives: Sarah’s Story

Sarah was young, in her thirties. She had been in a horrific car accident, left a quadriplegic, unable to speak or do anything for herself. She was being kept alive by a feeding tube inserted in her nose. The liquid meals, while keeping her alive, left her more than uncomfortable. Her place of residence was now at a long-term nursing care facility, operated by a hospital. She, like so many of us, had her own