More and more patients and families are discovering the benefits of hospice care and are choosing hospice at the end of their life. Hospice care can provide a peaceful and pain free way for a patient to prepare for the end of his life, while also providing invaluable support to family members. It can be a far less invasive, less stressful, and less costly approach to responding to the end stages of an illness. It is also something that you will need to plan for if you would prefer hospice to more invasive treatments.
Nehoray and Drake, LLP can provide assistance with making a plan for hospice care. Our legal team works with patients and with families who are considering hospice. We help you at all phases in your plans for end of life care, and we can provide the personalized advice and guidance you need to make the right choices at a difficult time in your life. Give us a call to speak with an experienced attorney who can provide compassionate advice on your situation and answers to questions you may have about hospice planning including:
- How can I make sure I can get hospice care?
- What plans should I make if I am going into hospice care?
- How can a hospice planning lawyer help me?
How Can You Make Sure You Can Get Hospice Care?
If you want to receive hospice care, it is important to let your care providers know of your desires. It is also important to let your family know of your plans for the end of your life.
The best way to make certain you get the care you wanted, and avoid care you do not want, is to use formal legal tools to express your preferences. If you just tell your family of your wishes about hospice, you cannot guarantee they will respect them. If you use the right legal processes, however, you can ensure that you have autonomy over your medical decisions, even if your illness or injury progresses to the point where you cannot make or communicate preferences on care.
Advanced directives give you the power to provide instructions for your care in case you cannot make your wishes known. A living will gives you the chance to opt in or out of specific medical procedures. A Do Not Resuscitate, or DNR, makes it clear that no extraordinary life prolonging measures should be utilized. Naming a healthcare proxy gives you the opportunity to choose a person who makes the other medical decisions for you that you didn’t specifically address in a living will or DNR.
Nehoray and Drake, LLP can help you to use these legal tools so you can specify your preferences for hospice and make certain your wishes for care are respected. We also assist you in exploring ways to get hospice care paid for through Medicaid, Medicare, VA benefits or other private insurance coverage.
What Plans Should You Make if You Are Going Into Hospice Care?
When you have made the decision to go into hospice care, you and your family may have more peace of mind if you also make other plans to settle your affairs. This can mean making a legacy plan to dictate what will happen after you are gone.
Many people who go into hospice will begin to gift gifts to family members or to charity. These inter vivos gifts given during your lifetime allow you to see the impact that your generosity is making for your family’s life and for the world. You should work with an experienced attorney to ensure you do not trigger gift taxes through the making of gifts, but this is usually not an issue in most situations.
You can also make certain you have an updated estate plan which could include a last will; trusts; guardianship arrangements for children; instructions for your funeral; plans for who will care for your pet; and more. By making a final updated plan, your most current wishes will be represented and you will get to make your mark on the world in the way you see fit.
With help from a hospice planning lawyer, you can rest assured that you have done the right thing to provide for loved ones you are leaving behind, and you will not have to worry as much about whether your family will devolve into fighting over property once you are gone.
How Can a Hospice Planning Lawyer Help You?
Nehoray and Drake, LLP offers invaluable assistance in situations where patients and their families have chosen hospice care. We understand how monumental this decision is and what a difficult time you face in your life when you or someone you love is going into hospice. During this time, we can provide compassionate legal representation to take care of important issues as you take care of your loved ones. Give us a call to find out more about how we can help.