An Advance Health Care Directive (or Advance Medical Directive) allows you to state what you want for your own medical care if you are unable to make decisions for yourself. Learn more about this important document.
The Commonwealth of Virginia has a statewide Advance Health Care Directive Registry, allowing all Virginia residents to electronically store their important documents (Advanced Health Care Directive, Health Care Power of Attorney, Declaration of Anatomical Gift, etc.). Links to Advance Directive forms are provided.
Where should you start? Having a conversation about long term care planning can be overwhelming. With so much to cover it can be easier to retreat instead of moving forward with the discussion. This article will help you with topics to cover and questions to ask.
Long term care conversations with the important people in your life may be unpredictable, but also eye opening. It is important to know what their expectations are as well as yours. Family dynamics can come into play and cause some uncertainty. This article provides helpful tips for you to consider before you have your conversation.
It may not be a fun conversation. But there’s often a direct correlation between how difficult a subject is to talk about and how important it is to have that talk. This article will help you 'break the ice' and get started for this important talk.
Long term care insurance can help pay for the care you or a loved one needs down the line as you age. Virginians can now buy a partnership policy that will help pay for long-term care needs and protect assets if it ever becomes necessary to apply for Medicaid.
As you age it’s important to make plans for your future. This Family Caregiver Alliance article outlines important legal and health care decisions and provides guidance and important paperwork for you and your family.
Long term care is one of the most pressing issues facing Americans today– and it will only get more urgent as the nation ages. While people are living longer, many have little idea about the added pressures on their “long life care”– fiscally and emotionally.
Talking to loved ones about big issues like aging, money, health and end-of-life care can be awkward. Having honest conversations now lets you know what your parents or loved ones want, and can help ensure that they live life on their terms and as fully as possible.
A geriatric care manager, usually a licensed nurse or social worker who specializes in geriatrics, is a sort of "professional relative" who can help you and your family to identify needs and find ways to meet your needs.