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.
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.
The Creating a Care Planguide from AgingCare.com provides a practical framework to assist you and your family as you have discussions about creating and implementing a care plan to ensure that your loved one’s needs are met.