June 07 2017
Written By
Barbara Karnes
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If I Can't Speak For Myself...

If I Can't Speak For Myself...


Cyrele Clausen - June 09 2017

I thought the information you shared in this blog article was wonderful. I’ve been a hospice social worker for 19 years. I would just want to clarify that the term “Advance Directive” is often a plural term: Advance Directives. States can vary on which forms they consider as Advanced Directives. I have been living in Kansas the past few years and our state recognizes the 3 main documents: 1. A Living Will 2. Medical Power of Attorney for Health Care 3. Do Not Resuscitate (DNR). The document that you described in the article sounded like a Living Will. You don’t have to wait until you have a terminal illness to complete a Living Will or a Medical Power of Attorney for Health Care. All adults should have these documents. A DNR typically needs to be signed by the patient’s physician. You don’t necessarily need to go to lawyer to complete Advance Directives. Social Workers complete these forms in hospitals and hospice programs for their patients. Some local hospitals or hospice programs will assist residents in completing these forms.

Claludia Hauri - June 09 2017

Once again Barbara gives sage advice. I have an AD written so tight even the lawyer said “are you sure”? Hopefully I will be cognizant enough to have a celebration of my life BEFORE I die so I can thank all my friends for being part of my life. Funeral plans are in writing, where to scatter my ashes, who gets personal items: car, an antique, etc. I have no heirs except for charity, the trustee & my caretaker. Besides Barbara’s book, in Florida Google 5 Wishes as a simple starter.
Now that all that is done I have budgeted my savings & am living my remaining life to the fullest.
Did this when I was 70 – now 75 – & reviewing has been done….all remains in order.
ANYONE, & I repeat, anyone over 21 needs to complete an AD so family, parents, siblings, etc., know
what your wishes for a good death are. Death is a tragedy for many, let alone if they have no clue what to do or what you would have wanted.

karen - June 08 2017

well said….just share this with everyone

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