Advance Directive: What to Include - Topic Overview
A living will and a medical power of attorney are types of
advance directives. These forms describe the kinds of medical care you want to
receive if you're badly hurt or have a serious illness that keeps you from
saying what you want. A medical power of attorney lets you name a person to be
your health care agent. He or she can make decisions for you if you can't speak
Forms are different in each state, so be sure you
get the right ones for where you live. In some states, the forms may ask you to
address certain issues, or they may be more flexible.
The following list indicates a range of care that may be needed by your loved one. Caregiving responsibilities may be too big to be managed by only one primary caregiver. This list of activities is provided to help you determine your loved ones' needs and to discuss as a family how those needs can best be met -- without draining the primary caregiver.
Things to Do
Who Can Help?/How Often?
Changing bed linen...