Health Care Decision Making

What does it entail?

Most of us think of health care decisions being made in conjunction with our doctors or other medical providers.  In truth, these decisions are also often made in conjunction with our family members and, in some cases, can be thought about before we need to make any final decisions.  

In making health care decisions, then, a number of issues need to be considered, such as the following:

  • Are there advance directives in place?
  • Has the family discussed end of life issues?
  • Is there a need for palliative care?
  • Is there a current will in place?
  • Is the individual incapacitated?
  • Can the individual age in place or age in community so that he or she remains at home with assistance?
  • If a nursing home is the only option, what financial decisions need to be made?
    •    Is Medicaid an option?
  • Is an assisted-living facility an option?
  • Is there a long-term care policy in place?
  • Is it possible to have a geriatric care manager evaluate my (or my parent’s) situation?

This list is, of course, not exhaustive but does illustrate the kind of issues raised when there are health concerns.



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