Thursday, September 15, 2016

6 Documents to Ease Fears Arranging End of Life Care

Does your elder parent worry about the end of their life?

Are you researching ways you can ease your parent’s fears?

Do you want to make things as simple as possible?

It’s important to be able to speak to your parent openly about their wishes. According to the National Institute of Aging, documents that are recommended that ensure you and your loved one are protected at the end of their life include:

  1. Living will: Records a person’s wishes for medical treatment near the end of life.
  2. Durable power of attorney for health care: Designates a person, sometimes called an agent or proxy, to make health care decisions when the person can no longer do so.
  3. Do-not-resuscitate (DNR) order: Instructs health care professionals not to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation if a person’s heart stops or if he or she stops breathing. A DNR order is signed by a doctor and put in a person’s medical chart.
  4. Will: Indicates how a person’s assets and estate will be distributed upon death.
  5. Durable power of attorney for finances: Names someone to make financial decisions when the person no longer can. It can help terminally ill people and their families avoid court actions that may take away control of financial affairs.
  6. Living trust: Provides instructions about the person’s estate and appoints someone, often referred to as the trustee, to hold the title to property and funds for the beneficiaries. The trustee follows these instructions after the person can no longer manage his or her affairs.

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Thursday, September 1, 2016

5 Benefits of Elderly Owning Pets

Did you know that owning a pet can have a positive impact on your health? 

A furry friend may be exactly what the doctor ordered!

According to the Mother Nature Network, “Petting and interacting with a dog, cat or other animal can relieve stress, and animals can also lend a listening ear to lonely people. While isolation can make disorders like depression worse, simply scratching a cat's ears or talking to a dog can be therapeutic and boost a person's mood.”
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Health benefits include:

1.    Reduces stress levels
2.    Lowers blood pressure
3.    Increases social interaction
4.    Reduces depression
5.    Lessons loneliness
6.    Reduces the risk of heart disease

Do you think a furry friend could help your loved one cope with depression or help increase physical activity? Then you might consider adopting them a pet!

Hillside Terrace is a pet friendly facility for memory care in Ann Arbor and the surrounding areas. Nestled in the heart of the Old West Side on 10 acres of orchard and gardens, we offer a diverse combination of residents that will quickly become members of your loved one’s family.

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