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What Are They?

When most people think of Advance Health Care Directives, they are usually thinking of two separate legal concepts: the Health Care Surrogate and the Living Will. Sometimes these concepts are combined into one document. But at Oakstone Law, we believe they are easier to understand – and easier to get to the right people – if they are two separate documents.

These two documents allow you to plan ahead and make your medical and end of life wishes known before the anxiety and stress that comes with a serious illness or injury. They provide security for you, in knowing that your wishes are laid out. And they provide relief for your loved ones from making tough decisions without your guidance. Continue Reading →

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Resolve to Beat Dementia to Your Estate Plan

The new year brings promise, hope and often a commitment to change and plan ahead for the future.  But what if you find yourself no longer able to make important decisions about your everyday life, much less your future?  Dementia, a general term for a decline in a person’s mental ability which is severe enough to interfere with daily life, is a diagnosis that can bring fear and uncertainty to any family.  Millions of Americans have some form of dementia, and millions of more Americans will develop some form of dementia as our population continues to age. Continue Reading →

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End of Life Care / AVOW Hospice (Part 2 of a 2 Part Series)

One of the firm’s paralegals volunteers with a local hospice, Avow.  Her philosophy that wehospicepart2 all have a right to die with dignity drew her to volunteering at a hospice.  Once a week she goes to the Georgeson Medical facility on the Avow campus.  She serves refreshments to families of patients, helps patients with meals, and sits with patients who are alone.  In her words, “When I sit with someone who is alone and dying, the experience seems almost sacred, as if I’m in church.”  She received rigorous training and a thorough background check prior to being allowed to volunteer.  Avow volunteers are expected to continue their knowledge and training throughout the year by participating in events held in the community, and Avow requires that volunteers refresh their knowledge about compliance issues annually.   Continue Reading →

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How To Discuss End-of-Life Care & Hospice With Your Loved Ones

Hospice Care

The term “hospice care” traces its history back to the hospitality offered in medieval times when it referred to providing shelter and rest for weary or ill travelers. Now of course it refers to a specific method of end-of-life care.

The modern meaning of the term “hospice” Hospicewas first formally applied by physician Dame Cicely Saunders. Saunders worked with the terminally ill and ultimately created the first modern hospice in a residential suburb of London. She later introduced the idea to the United States during a 1963 Yale University visit and lecture about the concept of holistic care.

Her lecture included photographs showing before and after effects of symptom control care with terminally ill cancer patients and their families. A detailed history can be found at the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization’s website by clicking hereContinue Reading →

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