ElderCarelink Blog

Approaching conversations about advance care directives

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
June 30th, 2011 at 5:38 pm

It is not unusual for a health care professional to come across a situation where a patient may have a durable power attorney for both health care and financial matters, but not an advance care directive. In other situations, those documents may be in place, but have not been updated which can complicate situations in the event of a medical crisis.

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The medical power of attorney: six things to consider

by Isabel Fawcett, SPHR
June 1st, 2011 at 5:08 pm

Depending on the state in which you reside, a Medical Power of Attorney (MPOA), Directive to Physicians, and the Out-of-Hospital “Do Not Resuscitate Order” are among the legal documents created to guide your health care decisions by your designated agent if you are unable to do so for yourself. When someone else is in charge of guiding your health care decisions–if you are medically unable to do so–it is best if you have done your homework years in advance–if you wish to protect your best interests down the road.

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Aging Parents: Sometimes the Changes Do Mean Something

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
November 1st, 2010 at 2:11 am

What goes through your mind when you cannot find something? Do you have a family member who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia? How often do you refer to an incident of your forgetfulness as a senior moment?

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When Relatives Con Elderly Individuals

by Isabel Fawcett, SPHR
October 20th, 2010 at 5:10 pm

It’s bad enough when strangers who are con artists lie, cheat and commit fraudulent acts against vulnerable and too-trusting elderly individuals. Sometimes those con artists are not strangers to your elders. Sometimes the con men and women are your blood-line relatives. When that happens, it must hurt like no one business. I can only imagine.

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Who Do You Want to Know Your Health Care Information?

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
July 26th, 2010 at 2:20 am

As long as you do not voice an objection, your health care provider may be able to discuss your medical details with a family member or a friend. You are certainly familiar with the forms where you provide those names. There are very specific guidelines under HIPAA (The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) about who health care professionals can release your medical information to. What about situations where there are certain people who you do not want to be informed? You may want to consider having those names also specified on your forms. There have been several situations where this has occurred with some of my friends and clients.

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