Finances of Caregiving Helps Families with Power of Attorney, Other Issues

ISU Extension and Outreach offers workshop series
 
AMES, Iowa – What happens when a loved one is unable to make his or her own medical decisions, but has not designated power of attorney for health care? Without power of attorney, no one can legally speak for that person and carry out his or her wishes. Too often families learn this lesson the hard way, says Brenda Schmitt, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
 
“In one family, the mother had a major medical emergency that left her unable to communicate her wishes. Early on in her health emergency, there were multiple family members in her room at all times, with others being consulted by phone,” Schmitt said.


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