Providing clear legal direction regarding your healthcare wishes helps avoid confusion and emotional conflicts for family, should you become unable to communicate your wishes. Having a plan in place to manage your financial situation in the event of your temporary or permanent incapacity allows for a greater degree of control, independence and choice in the future.
What can you do?
- Communicate your healthcare wishes to family and healthcare providers
- Explore Advance Directives options
- Seek information on financial management options in the event of incapacity
- Consult an attorney
- For more information on advance directives, to obtain copies of Nebraska Advance Directive forms or to request a free Respect My Wishes kit, visit the Grand Island Coalition for End-of-Life Care’s website at www.respectmywishes.org
- Download a copy of Nebraska’s Advance Directive forms at http://dhhs.ne.gov/medicaid/Aging/Pages/ElderRights.aspx or call the Nebraska State Unit on Aging at 800-942-7830 for more information
- For legal assistance for persons 60 years of age or older, contact the Nebraska Legal Services’ ElderAccess Line at 800-527-7249 or www.legalaidofnebraska.com
- For legal assistance for persons who meet specific income requirements, contact the Nebraska Legal Services’ Access Line at 877-250-2016 or http://www.legalaidofnebraska.org or contact the Nebraska State Bar Association’s Volunteer Lawyers Project or Referral Program at 800-742-3005 or http://www.ndbf.ne.gov/consumers/consedu.shtml
- To locate an attorney in your community, visit www.lawyers.com
Begin planning today for your future long-term care needs by ordering your FREE Own Your Future Tool Kit created by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services visit http://longtermcare.acl.gov/ or call 1-866-PLAN-LTC.