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DOCUMENT LONG-TERM CARE WISHESAdvance Care Planning (ACP) has two goals: to make sure your healthcare wishes are expressed and honored by using advance directives, and to give a gift to your family and loved ones. It provides them with critical information and con dence needed for future decisions.would or would not want to receive if you are unable to communicate your choices on your own at that time. Further, the documents can change overtime if your wishes change. Take the time to be sure others know about the changes and are not surprised in the end causing distress and potential rivalry between surviving loved ones.Having a Durable Power of Attor- ney for Medical Care, also known as a Patient Advocate Designation, is part of a great long-term plan. However, when complimented by a Durable Power of Attorney for  nancial matters it can help avoid many problems for you and your loved ones.In both the Patient Advocate Designa- tion and the Durable Power of Attorney (DPOA) for  nances you (the principal) appoint a person (the agent) to handle matters for you when you cannot. Many attorneys refer to this as appointing a surrogate decision maker. The agent is chosen for the purpose of acting in the best interest of the principal in any decisions and actions taken by the agent. nances is an appointed agent to make decisions and otherwise handle  nancial matters for you. The agent can act when you are mentally incapacitated, but also when you have mental capacity but otherwise need assistance, such as when it is physically dif cult for you to make trips to the bank.There are four common considerations: 1. Educate: It’s never too soon to learnThe  nancial DPOA is effective even after the principal is no longer competent but ends at the principal’s death. The DPOA document can be effective immedi- ately or it can be springing, which allows an agent to act only after the principal has been determined to be incompetent, most often after assessments by two doctors  nd the principal incapacitated.about advance care planning.2. Prepare: It’s better to prepare tenyears too early than one day too late. 3. Communicate: Tell others why youhave decided to begin the conversa- tion and documentation and con rm that they are willing to accept the roles you may be asking of them.You can de ne the scope of your agent’s authority in the document, making the agent’s authority very limited or very broad.4. Act: Carry out the necessary steps to put the plan in place and inspire others to do the same.The document can allow for gifting of assets or alteration of an estate plan, but only to the extent speci cally authorized by the document and only if the actions taken by the agent are in the principal’s best interests. Having broad powers in the document is very important if Medicaid planning becomes an issue for you. The document can also require accountingsACP is sometimes an ongoing process of conversations between you, your family and loved ones, and your healthcare pro- viders. Ultimately, your plan will include the communication and documentation of your values, beliefs, and wishes for future and  nal healthcare treatments.The Durable Power of Attorney forACP includes all types of care youBrookdale Battle CreekAssisted LivingAlzheimer’s & Dementia Care191 Lois Dr, Battle Creek, MI 49015-7933 Main 269-979-7781 | Fax 269-979-1514 brookdale.comBringing New Life to Senior Living“I am proud to provide the residents of Brookdale with quality, nutritious meals, that enrich and help them maintain healthy lives. Witnessing their satisfaction and enjoyment is why I wouldn’t want to do anything else.” Sherry Connell , Dining Service DirectorBROOKDALE® is a trademark of Brookdale Senior Living Inc., Nashville, TN, USA.32 SENIOR HOUSING DIRECTORY | 2019Stacey Lott Attorney at Law Estate Planning and Elder Law269.963.8222 | 130 East Columbia Avenue, Battle Creek, MI 49015

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