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KNOW THE

LINGO

Here are some terms and phrases
you might come across:

3 Advance directives. These

outline your wishes about healthcare in case you are not able to
make them known. They typically
include two components-a
durable power of attorney for
healthcare and a living will.

Q

Who Makes Decisions
for Me?

Your healthcare power of
attorney is a document that names the
person you want to make decisions
for you. You should choose a family
member or a close friend, not your doctor. And make sure you also choose
an alternate, in case both you and the
person you've selected are unable to
make decisions.
Be sure to ask the person before you
name him or her in the document. It
shouldn't surprise the individual to
find out he or she might have to make
healthcare decisions for you.
This healthcare power of attorney
does not give someone the right to make
decisions that you could make yourself.

"You have to lose your own ability to
make decisions" for that person to be
in charge, Reeves says.
While life care planning is often
linked with end-of-life issues, it also
comes into play in other situations.
Suppose you have dementia and can
no longer decide whether you should
be admitted to an assisted living
facility. In some states, no one can
make that decision for you without
going through the process of getting
guardianship. "You're in a tricky
position," Banach says. "There's no
one to consent to care."
If you have a life care plan in
place, however, the person you've
named in your healthcare power of
attorney can decide for you.

3 Durable power of attorney
for healthcare. This document
goes by many names-healthcare
proxy, healthcare agent or medical power of attorney. Whatever
the name, it gives someone the
right to make healthcare decisions for you. It doesn't need to
be completed by a lawyer, but
it may need to be notarized or
witnessed, depending on your
state of residence. (Don't confuse it with a power of attorney,
which is a document that gives
someone the right to make financial, not medical, decisions on
your behalf.)
3 Living will. This document
outlines the treatments and
interventions you would prefer in
certain circumstances, so you're
able to communicate your wishes
if you are incapacitated.
3Natural order of priority.

If you haven't made your wishes
known, your state might have
in place a natural order of priority, which outlines who can
make healthcare decisions for
you. Most states start with your
spouse and then move on to
other family members.

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