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Monday, January 16, 2012 - 7:42 AM
From Clark Howard's Jan 13th Show Notes
If you want to save your family from making important but difficult decisions about your end-of-life wishes, I recommend that you get a 'health care durable power of attorney' in place (also called a 'medical directive' or 'advance directive' in some states.)

Ken TuminKen Tumin5,473 posts since
Nov 29, 2009
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1. Monday, January 16, 2012 - 7:28 PM
I have a copy of the advance directive for every member of my family in my "go bag" and provide it to the facility at the time of admission.  However, our local hospital (affiliate of a huge national network) requests a copy of the directive, and additionally insists that their own form be completed at every admission.  Their form has to be read very carefully as some of the items are worded differently than the advance directive.  As a result, one could unwittingly answer in a way that would be contrary to the person's wishes as described in the advance directive.   Unfortunately it's an added stress at what is likely an already stressful time.     

pearlbrownpearlbrown1,491 posts since
Nov 2, 2010
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