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What is a Power of Attorney & Why Should You Have One?

Posted on April 7, 2017 at 9:35 AM


A Power of Attorney is invaluable when caring for a senior loved one. Without it, medical and financial needs can be affected. Care Advocate Wendy Long encourages you not to wait for an emergency to appoint one.


Who will advocate for you in an emergency? I who will manage your affairs if you can't? A Power of Attorney sure can, and today we're going to talk about how important appointing one is.  At Solutions For independence one of the most important services we offer is Power of Attorney. This service is invaluable to our clients as well as their families. Without it, medical wishes and financial arrangements cannot be followed through.


What is a power of attorney? Do you think you need one? I'm here to tell you everyone needs one and here's why:


First of all, a Power of Attorney is a person who is appointed to speak on your behalf if you are unable to.  Not only can this person speak for you, he or she can also manage your finances in a time of need. For example, if you are hospitalized and unconscious or too confused or overwhelmed to convey your medical wishes, a Power of Attorney will step in and do this for you.


Solutions for independence Power of Attorneys provide both medical and financial services.

Our medical Power of Attorneys communicate with physicians, hospital staff & family members, manage care needs like medications & nutrition, and arrange nursing and caregiving services when needed.


Our financial Power of Attorneys manage all financial needs including bill paying, banking, and tax preparation.


Without having a Power of Attorney in place, it is next to impossible for someone to speak on your behalf. It is against healthcare regulations to obtain and share medical information from healthcare professionals without having a medical Power of Attorney. Without having a financial Power of Attorney in place, bills cannot be paid, utilities could be shut off, and finances could fall behind.


I have a friend whose father was in an accident while traveling and unconscious for several days. It took her days to find him because she failed to obtain Power of Attorney for him. Because she did not have it, the hospitals in the area were not permitted and not willing to give her information. With the help of his doctor, she was finally able to track him down, but it was not easy.


If you or your loved ones do not have a Power of Attorney in place, please call us. We can act in this role or we can help you act in this role on your loved ones behalf. Call us at 412-999-7892 or email wendy@solutionsforindependence


Thanks for reading and I wish you and your loved ones happiness and life long independence.com


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