Hospice is often a better choice for patients and families when a patient receives a terminal diagnosis and treatment is no longer curative. Hospice is designed to enhance quality of life, provide support for the patient and loved ones, and ease the end-of-life transition.
The decision of whether to chose hospice is a very personal one, and it is important to ensure that this decision is respected if hospice is what you want for yourself when you are sick. If you have chosen hospice, you may also wish to ensure that your affairs are in order. Eghrari Law Firm can provide you with help in expressing your preferences for hospice care, making sure you get the care you want, and preparing to go into hospice.
Our legal team also provides representation to families of patients, as well as to those who are sick or injured and who have chosen hospice for themselves. Give us a call at (631) 265-0599 to speak with a Suffolk County hospice planning lawyer to find out more about the help we can offer and to get answers to important questions including:
- What do you need to know when choosing hospice?
- How can you make sure your affairs are in order if you’ve chosen hospice?
- What can a Suffolk County hospice planning lawyer do to help?
What Do You Need to Know When Choosing Hospice?
If you want hospice care instead of more aggressive and intensive medical intervention, you should make sure your caregivers and family members are aware of your desire. It is very important to provide instructions for your medical wishes before an illness progresses and you can no longer communicate your desires.
To ensure that you get only the care you want and are not subject to undesired medical interventions, you should strongly consider creating advanced directives and naming a healthcare proxy. By specifying in advance what types of care you wish to receive and decline, you can make certain no unwanted interventions are forced upon you. Naming a healthcare proxy also ensures that any decisions you cannot make due to incapacity are made by someone who you trust to respect your wishes.
In addition to making sure that hospice is the care option of choice, you may also wish to consider how the costs of hospice will be covered. Medicare and many private insurance providers do offer at least some reimbursement for hospice care, and veterans can sometimes receive hospice care services through the VA.
Hospice care can be provided in specialized facilities, in hospitals and clinics which also offer hospice care; and even sometimes at home. Researching in advance how costs will be covered and what type of hospice care is desired can allow you the maximum control over your future.
How Can You Make Sure Your Affairs are in Order if You’ve Chosen Hospice?
If you have chosen hospice, you may want to ensure you’ve planned for end-of-life issues, incapacity, and death before going into hospice. Having the peace of mind associated with knowing all of your affairs are in order can allow you to make the most of last days with friends and family instead of worrying about legal logistics.
A Suffolk County hospice planning lawyer can provide you with help understanding the steps to take to get your affairs in order. For example, Eghrari Law Firm can help you to create trusts and a power of attorney to specify who should manage assets once you are no longer able to do so. Trusts and a last will can also be a key part of your legacy plan which allows you to take care of your family and provide for charitable causes after you are gone.
Depending upon your goals for your family and for your legacy, the estate planning process can be a complicated one and it is difficult to think about these issues when you are going into hospice. It is important to take action, though, to make life easier for your loved ones and to ensure your affairs are in order. Get the right legal help to effectively use tools under New York law to protect your future.
What Can a Suffolk County Hospice Planning Lawyer Do To Help?
Eghrari Law Firm will help you with preparing to go into a hospice, with selecting a hospice, with getting care paid for, and with getting all of your affairs in order. Give us a call at (631) 265-0599 or contact us online to speak with a member of our legal team and to discover how a Suffolk County hospice planning lawyer can make end-of-life matters easier for you and your loved ones.