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The importance of proper care planning for everyone

On Behalf of | Jun 13, 2019 | Care Planning, Firm News |

It’s not always easy to plan for the future, especially when it comes to making decisions that involve future medical needs. Georgia readers know there are certain steps they can take to maintain control over what happens to their estate after they pass away, but there are other steps readers would be wise to consider. Having an estate plan is important, but care planning is also a crucial step for adults. This allows for a person to outline and plan for potential health care and physical needs in the future. 

Care planning involves more than just setting aside money for a nursing home. Through his or her plan, a person can designate a person to act on his or her behalf in case of incapacitation. Advanced directives are important documents in this process, allowing a person to specify what type of care he or she would want in the future. A person can also refuse specific medical interventions, such as intubation.

When a person does not have important documents in place, it can leave a Georgia family in a difficult position. Without certain documents, a family will have to make important, sometimes life-altering decisions, in a medical emergency. Each person has the right to have a say over what will happen to his or her body. 

It is impossible to predict the future, but a person can outline certain things regarding medical care and final wishes. Care planning is a way for a person to have confidence regarding his or her long-term needs, but it also protects a family as well. Speaking with a legal professional experienced in estate planning can help a person understand how to proceed with this process.