Power of attorney documents allow caregivers to advocate for their loved ones, but some institutions require additional documentation. See what specific permissions you’ll need to access personal information and make vital decisions.
If elders live in assisted living, skilled nursing or a nursing home, and they don't have the proper legal documents in place, doctors might not discuss chronic conditions or even life and death health care decisions with caregivers.
Family caregivers work tirelessly to ensure their loved ones’ health and happiness, but many don’t realize that there’s a legal component to their role. Without these crucial healthcare documents, you may not be able to help when your elder needs it most.
Power of attorney (POA) documents are a crucial part of a legal plan for one’s future. However, the way these documents are written can either empower trusted individuals to help manage one’s affairs or cause unnecessary headaches.