054 – Last Will and Testament – An Overview

This episode is an overview of the Last Will and Testament – the document that directs where you stuff (at least some of it) goes after you pass away. In this episode we discuss the role of executor, beneficiary, what the will controls and when the will takes effect. Check it out – there’s a lot of great information.

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Casey (Casey@TheStressedOutCaregiver.com)

053 – An Introduction to POLST

POLST stands for Practitioners Order for Life Sustaining Treatment.  It is a physician’s order that goes a long way to making sure that your loved one’s wishes are honored when critical care is needed.  This form can be especially effective when emergency medical personnel are involved.  It compliments and supports a living will or advanced directive for health care and is something anyone caring for an elderly loved one should know about.  I hope it helps you.

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Casey (Casey@TheStressedOutCaregiver.com)

052 – What Happens if You Don’t Have a Living Will?

When you don’t have a living will it can make things more difficult – but it doesn’t have to.  If everyone agrees on the treatment plan then things might go well.  However, if people don’t get along the situation can get complicated – regardless of whether you have a living will or not.  Listen to the episode to find out how and what can be done about it.

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Casey (Casey@TheStressedOutCaregiver.com)

051 – The Living Will and Decision Making Capacity

The advanced directive for health care (otherwise known as the living will) doesn’t take effect until the person who created it lacks decision making capacity.  Until then they can manage their own medical decisions.  Once they lack capacity medical providers will look to the instruction directive for guidance and work with the health care representative to make decisions.  But when does someone lack decision making capacity?  Listen to this episode to find out.

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Casey (Casey@TheStressedOutCaregiver.com)

049 – Living Wills – An Overview

An Advance Directive for Health Care (also known as a Living Will or a Medical Power of Attorney) is a document that preserves your right to direct your own medicaid decisions in situations where you lack the capacity to express them for yourself.  In one part of the Advance Directive you can prepare an instruction directive where you spell out the care you do or do not want.  In a different part you can appoint a health care representative to speak on your behalf if you can no longer do so.  Your document can have one or both parts.  Advance directives are very important for end of life care – especially for those with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia.   Listen to the episode to learn more about them.

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Casey (Casey@TheStressedOutCaregiver.com)

048 – Steps to Take if the Power of Attorney is Revoked

This episodes discusses the steps to take if a power of attorney is revoked or stops working for some other reason.  This episode is one of the more important episodes because it outlines steps that most people miss in this situation – steps that can save a lot of time, money and stress.

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Casey

047 – When Does a Power of Attorney Stop Working

Today’s episode discusses five situations where a power of attorney might or will stop working.  They include: (1) revocation by the principal; (2) death of the principal; (3) resignation of the agent; (4) death of the agent; and (5) lack of durability.  Listen to the episode to learn a whole lot more.

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Casey (Casey@TheStressedOutCaregiver.com)

046 – Three Different Types of Powers of Attorney

There are a number of types of power of attorney documents.  Today on the show I discuss three of them: 1) durable as opposed to non-durable; 2) springing as opposed to non-springing; and 3) general as opposed to specific.  Listen to episode 46 – Three Different Types of Powers of Attorney – to learn all about them.

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Casey (Casey@TheStressedOutCaregiver.com)

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045 – Power of Attorney Traps – Using Do-It-Yourself Documents

Be careful when using a cheap or a do-it-yourself, off the shelf power of attorney document.  A do-it-yourself document is more likely to have problems when the time comes that you need to use it.  Listen to this episode to learn more.

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Casey (Casey@TheStressedOutCaregiver.com)

044 – Power of Attorney – The Most Important Document – An Overview

I believe the power of attorney may be the most important document in the elder care process.  It is the document where one person – called the principal (your elderly loved one in this situation) – appoints another person – called the agent (you in this situation) – to manage their financial affairs if they can’t or don’t want to in the future.  Listen to the episode to learn a whole lot more about this incredibly important document.

Talk to you tomorrow.

Casey (Casey@TheStressedOutCaregiver.com)