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As older adults become less able to make their own decisions and family members have to step in, there can be sharp disagreements when it comes to what is best for a parent. If no preparations have been made in advance of the situation, then everyone is left adrift. That's why it's best for older adults to plan with their families well before an emergency occurs.
Here are some of the most important topics to cover:
1. Power of Attorney. This will endow a certain family member with the ability to make decisions for a loved one if he or she is incapable of making them and can be vital in the case of estate planning. It's possible to assign this power to multiple people, just make sure they are highly reliable and trustworthy.
2. Healthcare Proxy. A healthcare proxy is the person who can communicates a senior's preferences when it comes to medical treatment. A proxy will be able to decide if it's time for an older adult to move to an assisted living community or what kind of other procedures should be administered in the event of an emergency.
3. Living Will. This document can be crucial for seniors who want to make sure that their wishes are carried out by family members and can be used to inscribe preferences for life-extending medical procedures.