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Planning for LTC

 

Thinking ahead and planning for your family’s long-term care needs can make a difference for everyone.


 
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  • Avoid confusion: let others know what you want

    Advance directives explain how you want medical decisions to be made when you're too ill to speak for yourself.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • This Age in Action case study discusses CPR and DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) Decision Making.

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  • 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. 

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  • This scholarly article examines the origins of hospice and palliative care, compares both models of care, and identifies when palliative care is appropriate.  

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  • Planning for end of life care is not easy. This article provides several ways to make sure others know the kind of care you want when dying.

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  • 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.

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  • 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. 

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  • Here are some tips and techniques for getting the most out of telephone conversations to verify information, find answers to questions, or arrange for services. 

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