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Living Wills: Honor Your Aging Loved One’s Wishes

If you have an elderly loved one who is no longer able to make many decisions independently, this is likely a difficult time for your entire family. As a leading provider of Philadelphia senior home care, we understand that watching a loved one go through the aging process can be extremely emotional. However, when a loved one’s physical and cognitive abilities are no longer what they once were, it is important to plan for the future. To ensure that your loved one can have all of his or her final wishes carried out properly, it’s a good idea to have a discussion about the setting up a living will with your assistance.

What is a Living Will?

A living will is quite similar to a traditional will; it includes a written statement that details what types of final arrangements should be made in the event that the person’s passes. However, a living will also gives specific directions as to what types of medical action should be taken in the event that he or she is no longer to give informed consent.

Having a Discussion with Your Loved One

Talking to your elder about setting up a living will isn’t always easy, but it’s best to do it sooner rather than later. Usually, the best way to approach the topic is to explain to your loved one that you want them to do this so that their best interests can be carried out – not somebody else’s wishes. If your loved one seems open to the idea, you may also want to discuss the possibility of giving you power of attorney. This way, in the event that something goes awry at the hospital, you can have the legal power to carry out your loved one’s decision as outlined in the will.

How to Set Up a Living Will

While it may be a good idea to consult with a lawyer or professional for information about how to set up a living will, it is possible to set up a will yourself. There are many resources online that provide templates for wills and then all you will need is a notary to set up the living will as a binding legal document. For reliable information about setting up a legal will, click here.

Interested in learning more about how to ensure the safety, comfort and happiness of aging loved ones as they enter their golden years? Reach out to Home Care Assistance of Philadelphia. We are a leading provider of live-in and hourly home care for Philadelphia seniors and are here to answer questions 24/7. Call a Care Manager today at (215) 645.4663 or (484) 643.4663 and schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation.