Part of healthy living -- for us and our pets -- is to be prepared in emergencies. Since the dog himself cannot say his preferences, like a grandmother or great uncle might be able to, we will sit down as a family with the forms and make the decisions necessary for his future care and file them with our papers and with his regular vet.
Hospice. How do you envision it? It has become more common, it seems. Or maybe it only seems that way because we are becoming the caregivers for our elderly parents. My father-in-law is in hospice care and, in a way, I feel better about his situation knowing that he'll be allowed to die with dignity.
When contemplating the creation of a long-term care plan, you need to consider more than where and how you or a loved one may wish to receive care. You will need to determine the parameters of what that care would cost and decide how the care will be funded. Your own money or insurance, or a combination of both, are the most likely options.
It's been over a year since my father's death. In that time, I've struggled to remember him as a well person. He was healthy for my first 45 years of life and yet, hard as I try, I cannot reimagine him as whole. So dramatic was the scenery of his decline, it infected the memories that were amassed underneath.
Every adult -- especially seniors -- should have at least four essential legal documents to protect them and their family. These documents will make sure your wishes regarding your estate are legal and clear, and will help minimize any conflicts and confusion with your family and your health care providers if you become seriously illness or when you die.