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Facing End of Life Issues


January 21, 2013
Families with loved ones facing end of life have many new and often unthought-of challenges to confront. The emotional toll for families coupled with decisions about living arrangements, financial guidance and care can be overwhelming.

A proactive approach to address difficult issues beforehand can ease the burden for everyone involved during this difficult time.

What are advance directives and how do I obtain? Advance directives are legal documents (including a Living Will and Power of Attorney) that allow you to convey your decisions about end-of-life care ahead of time. To obtain you will can search on-line or contact an attorney who can provide and assist with completion.

Are there different types of senior living communities? For end-of-life care there are several options for living arrangements. The most popular are assisted living, skilled nursing facilities, and in-patient hospice. Assisted living can provide end-of-life care with assistance from hospice and palliative services while maintaining a home-like feel.

What are hospice and palliative care? Hospice and palliative care is designed to help reduce both the physical pain and emotional suffering of patients during their final stages of illness. Contrary to what many people think, hospice is not a physical place. It is a service that comes to wherever people live, whether that's a hospital, an assisted living facility or a home.

What does Medicare pay for? Medicare coverage can be difficult to understand. Part A, Part B, Part C, and Part D all provide assistance or cover in full different needs including pharmaceuticals, hospitalizations, short-term rehab and skilled nursing services, physical and occupational therapy, medical equipment, and many others. A doctor's order is needed in all cases to receive benefits. More information can be found at…

http://www.medicare.gov/publications/pubs/pdf/10050.pdf

If you have additional questions, the knowledgeable staff at Gardens of Roswell Assisted Living and Memory Care and Tapestry House Assisted Living is more than happy to lend a hand. Please feel free to contact Zee Jennings or Julie Taylor at 770-992-0505 or 770-649-0808 respectively.

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