End of life planning is something many people don't want to think about, and death and dying can be difficult subjects, but eventually everyone should do the planning and have the conversation. If you are facing end of life issues,consulting with a compassionate attorney like Barbara J. Baird of Indianapolis can help plan for death and improve the quality of the life you have left.
You can increase your own peace of mind and help family members deal with your condition by explaining the type of healthcare you would prefer in the event that you are seriously injured or found to be terminally ill. By making your preferences known before a medical crisis, you will help to ensure that your wishes are honored.
One of the most important aspects of end of life planning is considering and completing advance directives, an important set of end of life planning documents including a living will that outlines your wishes and a medical durable power of attorney who will speak for you regarding your preferences.
In Indiana some of these documents include:
You may wish to expand your advance directive for your own specific circumstances that may include provisions for dementia, certain specific care you may consent to or refuse, or your desire to live in an assisted living facility as opposed to being admitted to a hospital.
Even if you have completed an advance directive, your plan should be reviewed periodically by an attorney experienced in end of life issues.
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