If you are choose hospice care, you are making the choice to have a peaceful end of life transition process. Hospice is an alternative that has increasingly become a popular alternative to aggressive care for terminal illnesses and end-stage conditions. While hospice is not right for everyone, you absolutely have the right to decide that this is the best approach for you and your loved ones if something happens to your health.
If you are interested in hospice care, you want to make your medical care preferences known so your doctors and family members will not try to impose unwanted medical interventions on you. To make life easier for yourself and for your loved ones, it is also a smart choice to make advanced plans to pay for hospice care and to get your affairs in order when entering hospice. The Bond Law Firm can help.
Give us a call at (218) 448-4100 or contact us online to talk with a Houston hospice planning lawyer about the steps you can take and legal tools you should use when you have decided on hospice. Our legal team will facilitate a personalized plan for hospice care for you and will provide you with answers to questions you have including:
- How can I make sure I get to choose hospice care?
- How can I get my affairs in order when going into hospice?
- What can a Houston hospice planning lawyer do to help you?
How can You Make Sure You Get Hospice Care?
You should make certain that you are able to get hospice care, and decline invasive life-extending methods, by preparing advanced directives for healthcare with help from The Bond Law Firm. You may wish to have a:
- Living will or advanced directive to physicians. A living will goes into effect when you have an end-stage or terminal condition and your doctor determines you cannot speak for yourself. The living will can specify whether you should be kept alive using all medical resources or whether you should be kept comfortable and allowed to pass on. If you choose hospice, you will generally want your living will to make clear that you decline any life-extending measures.
- A Do Not Resuscitate order. This order can specify that you would prefer not to be resuscitated if you stop breathing. It will ensure no one tries to restart your heart or your breathing once you begin to pass on.
- A healthcare power. You can name a person who is going to be entrusted to make healthcare choices when you cannot speak for yourself. Your chosen agent who you designate in your healthcare power should be someone you trust and someone who understands your preferences for hospice care.
The Bond Law Firm can provide assistance in making your preferences known so no one in your family or on your medical team tries to provide care you don’t want when you have chosen a peaceful transition through hospice.
Our legal team can also aid you in exploring ways to get hospice care paid for. There are VA benefits for hospice; Medicare and most insurers provide coverage in most circumstances; and Medicaid can pay the bills for hospice so you may have multiple options.
What Should You Do to Get Your Affairs In Order ?
If you are going into hospice care, it is important to make certain you have specified who will manage your assets when your illness has progressed to the point you are no longer in control over your own property or decision-making. You should also make your legacy plan so you can control what happens to your wealth when you pass away.
The Bond Law Firm aids you in making strategic use of legal tools so you can be remembered the way you wish and make a positive impact on your family and the world. We can help you to create or update a will; to use trusts for the transfer of assets in ways that provide more control and more protection; and to create a power of attorney so someone responsible can manage assets during your life. We will work with you to discuss your goals and help you to find the right tools to build your legacy.
How can a Houston Hospice Planning Lawyer Help?
A Houston hospice planning lawyer at The Bond Law Firm provides assistance to patients and their families who are making important decisions about end-of-life care. Let our compassionate legal team take care of your legacy planning and incapacity planning process during this time so you can devote your attention to more important matters like enjoying your time with loved ones. Give us a call at (218) 448-4100 or contact us online today to find out more about how we can help you.