Today’s Q&A on ElderCareMatters.com is about decision making and Powers of Attorney

Question:  If you have the Power of Attorney for a person what sort of paperwork do you need to keep, and are you authorized to make decisions re: the care of that person in an assisted living facility or nursing home if the person is still in his/her right mind?

Answer:  Once the durable Power of Attorney for health care or finance is in place, the designated person who holds the Power of Attorney should keep as much documentation about the person as possible, including a list of their medications, physician’s report including diagnosis, allergies, etc., advanced healthcare directive, POLST (physician’s orders for life sustaining treatment), DNR (do not resuscitate) , family history, medical history, copy of the Will, bank information, mortuary information, etc. The Power of Attorney is authorized to make decisions re: the care of that person in an assisted living facility or nursing home even if the person is still in his/her right mind.

My answer to your question is based on my many years of being a long term care Administrator.  If you need more specific information about these legal documents, I would suggest you contact an Elder Care Attorney in California, which can be found on ElderCareMatters.com.

Daniela Berindei, Administrator
Elite Elder Care
El Dorado Hills, California
916-267-1346
Member of the national ElderCare Matters Alliance, California chapter

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