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April 7, 2015

To Ensure Your End-of-Life Wishes Are Honored, a Directive May Not Be Enough

There are two ways to better ensure this doesn't happen to you. The first is to name a health care proxy – a person (or more than one person) who will make medical decisions for you when you can’t. The second strategy, one for patients who are already seriously ill, is an alternative to the advance directive that has emerged in recent years and has been implemented or is being developed in some 40 states: the Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST). Read to find out more.
November 14, 2014

End-of-Life Wishes – Time for “The Talk”

It’s the most serious of responsibilities to be bestowed upon you: the power to make medical decisions for your loved one in case he or she can’t. It’s called being a health care proxy, and it means you can make decisions and take actions that your loved one would if he or she were able.
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