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Life Planning: Staying in Charge of Your Healthcare and Finances
February 23, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pmFree
Focus of the class is on powers of attorney for health care and financial matters which are legal documents that allow people to determine what may turn out to be their future needs. Included in the discussion is a review of the various advance directives available to make your wishes known including POLST and discussion about conservatorship.
A power of attorney for health care identifies the spokespersons or agents whom the patients selected while they still had the ability to choose. It may authorize agents to access patients’ medical records, refuse or agree to treatments, change health care providers or decide whether patients should remain at home or be placed in a skilled nursing facility.
With a durable power of attorney for financial matters chosen agents get legal authority to access the patients’ financial resources to pay for approved care and other expenses or bills.
Failure to obtain either may often result in reliance on court involvement in conservatorship proceedings which are also reviewed.