Brenda O’Donnell talks with Sheila McKay Vaughn, Rebecca Sandval, and Katie Bowens about Home Healthcare and figuring out the right sort of help for you and your loved ones.

What is Home Healthcare?  Its a helping service for people who are “homebound”, unlike what you might think at first this doesn’t mean you can’t leave your home or will not leave your home simply that a doctor believes your condition would be “unduly taxing” if you left your home OR your condition could worsen as a result of leaving your home unassisted.  Home Healthcare and Home Care is a service to help homebound people with whatever they might need, be it physical therapy/rehabilitation or simply help around the house with things like getting up and down, bathing, etc.

 

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We often hear the term ‘advance directive,’ but not many of us really know what it is and what it does. There can be a lot of confusion about what they are and how they relate to wills, trusts, power of attorney and other legal documents that are written up to carry out our wishes when we are no longer able. Home health care and assisted living facilities often require such documents as part of the agreement for services. These requirements may become more widespread as people in Beverly Beach and Holly Hill age.

Your Senior Link has released a wonderful podcast on our website or through iTunes, that you can listen to that goes a long way in clearing up much of the mystery and confusion about advanced directives and how they fit in with our last wish instructions. This first of many podcasts from Your Senior Link features Brenda O’Donnell as she talks with Scott Selis and Sheila McKay Vaughn. Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss any of our future podcasts. Your Senior Link is dedicated to making getting older a lot easier than it used to be by providing excellent information to all who need it.

 

Brenda O’Donnell talks with Sheila McKay Vaughn and Scott Selis about Advanced Directives and why you should have them and how they can benefit everyone not just those in hospice.

What are Advanced Directives?  Effectively they are legal documents to  describe your end-of-life care ahead of time.  Though this isn’t limited just to a “living will” it can also include traditional wills, power of attorny, and similar things so that you are properly cared for the event you can voice your own desires.

These are important for everyone because even something random like a car accident or similar can make these vitally important.  These are not just about staying on life support or not, but about making your loved ones lives easier with financial matters and similar issues.