Many years ago, planning for the future meant retirement and estate planning. In recent years, planning for the future has taken on a new meaning. It now includes planning for long term care. This change in society is a result of an aging population living beyond normal retirement age as a result of advanced medical care, better nutrition, and increased exercise. In order to address the needs of this new paradigm, families need to consider the cost of long term care and how they are going to pay for it.

There are several important factors that must be considered for Elder Care planning. You must think about your wishes for care in a life-threatening medical situation. When would you want aggressive treatment and when would you want care focused on comfort and quality of life? Who would you want to make these decisions on your behalf if you were unable to communicate? It is important to ensure that anyone you want to represent you in decision-making has been given the authority to do so.


A Power of Attorney is a legal document in which one person appoints another to do certain acts for him or her in that person’s absence. The person who creates the power of attorney is called the “principal,” and the person who is given the power of attorney is called the “agent.” The powers to be given by the principal to the agent may vary depending on the purpose of the power of attorney.


A Massachusetts Healthcare Proxy is a document which allows you to designate an individual, known as a healthcare agent, to make healthcare decisions on your behalf in the event that you are unable to make or communicate your own decisions. The agent may be a trusted family member, friend, attorney, or other designated person of your choice. It is also a good idea to identify an alternate agent to serve if the original appointee is unavailable.

The role of this agent is to make decisions based on what he or she believes you would want or, if this is unknown, to decide based on your medical best interest. This agent may make healthcare decisions in any situation where you are unable to make or communicate your wishes, not just in end of life situations. You may also place specific limitations on the agent's decision-making power.

If you are in need of representation, put the resources of a Massachusetts Elder Care Attorney to work for you by contacting Murray Law today. Schedule your free evaluation with our team and get started on your own, personal plan.


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