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POA/Acute Care for an Elderly Parent

power-of-atorneyIt’s important to plan ahead for the likelihood of an acute medical event for an elderly parent, such as a fall or stroke (may it never happen). The following are tips to help take the necessary steps now, so you can focus on the patient’s care and mental well-being if-and-when that time comes:

  • One person should procure the parent’s durable power of attorney in order to make legal and financial transactions on his or her behalf.
  • Also procure durable power of attorney to make health care decisions for the parent in the event he or she cannot.
  • The parent needs to complete a release form to authorize doctors to share medical information.
  • The person with the health care durable power of attorney should be the main point of contact for the parent’s doctors; not the entire family.
  • Investigate acute care/rehab facilities in the area now, before they are needed, and use this information to develop a contingency financial plan should you need it — including Medicare and private insurance reimbursement policies.
  • Focus on the loved one and be there for them as they need that just as much if not more than the medical/financial assistance and care.

Jane Bennett Clark. Kiplinger. January 2015. “How to Manage Your Parents’ Care From Afar.” Accessed March 25, 2015.

Eleanor Laise. Kiplinger. December 2014. “Find the Right Nursing Home.” Accessed March 25, 2015.