As our loved ones age there are important legal documents that are necessary to ensure that their medical needs are met and their wishes regarding their health are known and followed. Below are a list of relevant documents and designations that everyone should go over with his or her loved ones and a lawyer. 

  • Living Will: A living will is a document that lets other individuals know what someone’s wishes are for their end of life medical care in case the individual is no longer able to communicate their wishes.
  • Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care:  A durable power of attorney for health care is a document that designates a person to make a medical decision on one’s behalf if the designator is unable to communicate their medical wishes.
  • Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) Order: A DNR order alerts medical professionals that the individual does not want to be resuscitated in case of a medical emergency.
  • Physicians Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) form: A POLST form allows an individual to provide more details about the type of care they wish to receive in a medical emergency if they are unable to communicate. For example, the form can let one choose whether or not they want antibiotics, to be intubated or have a feeding tube.

The legal documents mention above help aging adults and their families be prepared in case of a medical emergency. Another essential way families can be prepared as their loved one ages is having a rehabilitation center and nursing home where they feel comfortable sending their loved ones. Sprain Brook Rehabilitation Center in Westchester offers short-term skilled nursing care and long term care for those seeking treatment in the greater New York Area. We understand how stressful and confusing it can be when a loved one becomes ill and needs to be cared for. That is why we have strived to have a specialized facility with an experienced staff. This post is provided by Sprain Brook Manor Rehab which Provides unique opportunity to recover from medical procedures that result in true satisfying results. Getting you stronger and better every day. Contact Us today to receive more information. Disclaimer: The information provided in this post in not intended to be construed as health advice, nor should it be considered a substitute for obtaining individual medical counsel or consulting your physician.