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Health Tip: Planning Ahead When You're a Caregiver
Talk to your loved one about legal, financial and care issues
-- Diana Kohnle

(HealthDay News) -- If you're the caregiver for someone with a serious illness, you shouldn't avoid discussion of sensitive issues, such as quality of life, finances and advance directives.

The American Academy of Family Physicians recommends:

  • Discuss the potential need for palliative and hospice care. These can offer support for family members, pain management and focus on well-being, emotional health and quality of life.
  • Talking about advance directives, which will help ensure that your loved one's wishes are carried out if he or she is not able to communicate them.
  • Making arrangements for legal and financial issues. You may want to hire a lawyer to help set up and manage accounts, wills and insurance policies.
  • Planning funeral arrangements, making sure to discuss preferences and budget.
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