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Beverly Kubala, Founder of Geriatric Care Managers of Western New York



The team at Geriatric Care Managers of WNY wishes you and your family all the best for a very merry holiday season and a healthy, happy new year! 



 

Make Your Wishes Known with Advanced Care Planning 


Includes Advance Directive, Living Will and Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care

Most of us would not want to have to guess at the medical choices one of our loved one would make in the event of an incapacitating illness or injury.  By using Advanced Care Planning you (or your loved ones) can learn about the types of health care decisions that may need to be made, consider them when you are healthy, and make them known to others well before a crisis hits. This is a smart move for anyone at anytime since this planning can be critical in the event of an accident or injury at any age. 

An advance directive is a legal document, used only if you cannot speak for yourself, that allows you to outline your preferences about end-of-life care. This can be updated at any time and should reflect your wishes and your values. 

A living will outlines your preferences and specific instructions for treatments you want (or don't want) at the end of life, including the use of breathing or dialysis machines, feeding tubes, organ and tissue donation and more. 

A durable power of attorney for health care is also a legal document that names your health care proxy, which is a trusted person who will make health care decisions on your behalf if you are unable to. 

As you consider some of the decisions you need to make, you may want to think about your current health issues and the potential for incapacity (such as high blood pressure leading to stroke), genetic health issues, as well as your values and beliefs that may guide you to accept or reject certain treatments. 

Without this type of planning and legal documentation in place, New York State will assign someone to end of life decisions on your behalf, possibly your spouse, parents or children. If you'd rather not leave that burden to them, it may be time for some planning. 


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Geriatric Care Managers of Western New York was founded to guide families through the myriad of issues that must be addressed as loved ones age and as health care needs increase.  Have a question or set up an appointment? Contact us at information@gcmofwny.com.

Our mailing address is:
2560 Walden Avenue, Suite 102, Buffalo, N.Y. 14225
716-204-1063
www.gcmofwny.com

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