Common Bonds of Caregiving - This article speaks for all caregivers and poignantly expresses the feelings each of us carry with us daily. It is something you might consider sharing with your family and friends.
Let's Talk About It - an excellent article on how to approach sensitive subjects about living wills, end of life issues with your loved one.
Because We Care - A Guide for People Who Care An online resource guide for the growing number of Americans who are caring for an older family member, adult child with disabilities, or older friend. This Guide provides information and a range of suggestions to make caregiving easier and more successful--whether you are the caregiver or the person who ensures that your family member or friend receives the best possible care from others. One article is "How Can I Make My Special Needs Childs Future Secure?
Our Final Journey website has several resources for family planning that I'm copying here. After the 2002 convention I plan on consolidating several HD websites together, however the Our Final Journey will be kept separate.
You can click on the section title to be taken to that information.
What Is Estate Planning?
What Is An Estate?
Who Should Have An Estate Plan?
When should I start my Estate Plan?
Where can I find some examples?
Should I use a lawyer?
-Getting Organized: Important Planning Steps
Estate Planning Resources
-Do You Need A Lawyer?
-Why You May Not Need One
-Tax Saving AB Trusts
-What's the Difference: Wills & Living Trusts?
-Crash Course in Wills & Trusts
-Disinheriting Family Members
-Disposition of Property With or Without A Will
-Ethical Wills- Preserving your legacy of values
-Executors: What You Need To Know
-Final Arrangements why put this in your will?
-Making a No Frills Will
-Making Your Will Legal
-Special Property Rules for Marriend People
-What You Can't Do In Your Will
-Choosing A Guardian
-Leaving Property to Young Children
Good Care; Can You Afford It?
Is Home Care An Option?
Life Insurance Options
Long Term Care
.....HMO, PPO worksheets
....Best Insurance Buy worksheet
....Checklist on deciding health insurance
Americans With Disability (ADA) FAQS
Family Medical Leave
Flex Working Hours
-How To Get It
-Sample Polices & Forms
-Ways of working it
Illegal Reasons For Firing
Losing or Leaving A Job
Of Genes and Pink Slips: Genetic Testing Goes To Work
Calculating Your Net Worth
Daily Money Management Services
Evaluating Cash Flow
FAQS On Debt & Bankruptcy
Planning Your Spending
-Get the Booklet "Home Made Money"
-Bankruptcy Letter before filing
-Credit Repair: Letter disputing charges
-Notice to Creditors
Unfortunately some families are faced with divorce issues in order to receive proper care for a loved one who is seriously ill or the changes in the marriage caused by the illness drive one partner to seek a divorce. This section offers numerous resources in divorce planning and requirements.
State, Federal and International Laws, Supreme Court Cases, Q&A's, and Resources on the hiring of an attorney.
-Forms and Checklists to help you get started
-Advance Medical Directives
-Appointing A Health Care Agent
-Being A Health Care Agent
-Legal considerations for Healthcare Directives
-Power of Attorney for Finances
-Durable Power of Attorney
-State Specific Information & Forms
-Checklists & Forms
A simple notebook containing this information can be a valuable gift to your family. Contains many forms, articles and suggestion for things to be included in a personal file.
Personal Emergency Information Form-A copy of this form, and any attachments, should be visible on your refrigerator, a copy put in the glove compartment of all vehicles, one provided to school for child's records etc. One should be filled out for each member of your family!
Planning advice for Special Needs people, plus other disaster and safety information from the American Red Cross.
Medication and OTC (over the counter) Form to fill out and attach to Personal Emergency Information form and provide to your primary care physican.
Where To Start-Questions To Ask Your Doctor
Blank form letters to use submitting information and questions to your physician.
Medication List: Request doctor manage avoid any potential serious side-
Top 3 Things To Discuss On Your Next Appointment
List of problems or symptoms you want to discuss
List of non-critical questions to discuss
Personal Health History form for your medical records
Forms, checklists or tips to assist you in daily care or tips and other information to help in daily care, planning or products such as home modifications, medical alert bracelet, etc.
Information for the whole family on living and helping someone who is terminal ill covering topics such as activities, DRN's, end of life, getting help/good planning, Medicare/Medicaid, pallative care and emotional challenges.
Information, support and suggestions to help the person who is ill, such as Bill of Rights for Terminally Ill, Creating Your Own Funeral & Memorial, Decisions, Depression and Emotional Challenges, Important Conversations, and other related topics.
Assessment worksheets, suggestions and guidelines to help the caregiver, information on assisted living, nursing homes, respite care, logs, hints on hiring and getting help, talking to children, handling crises, etc.
Help for parents of a seriously ill child such as coping, improving end of life care, respite programs, tips for teachers, nurses, doctors and parents from children.
Links to information to help young people dealing with emotions and feeling when living with a loved one who is seriously ill.
Information on Assisted Living facilities, Physician's Role in long term care, Medicare, Nursing Homes, Tips for Patients & Families, FAQS, Laws, Mobility Issues, Overmedication symptoms, physical restraints, pressure sores, removing patients, what doctor's should do, etc.
Overview of Hospice services, checklist of questions to ask Hospice, answers to your Hospice questions, Hospice care in nursing homes, Hospice complaint form, consideration, consumers guide to selecting a
Hospice, Find a Hospice, Hospice guidelines for determining prognosis, Hospice Volunteers & The family, what they can and cannot do, Medicaid and Medicare Hospice benefits, When to choose a Hospice.
Questionnaires to help determine levels of anxiety, behavorial issues, delusions, depression, delirium, dyskinesia, dystonia, hallucinations, managing symptoms, pain management, quality of life survey,
Article with helpful hints and suggestions for managing behavoir problems such as anger, agitation,
paranoia, incontinence, traveling,bathing, etc.
Article to help caregiver and others to understand what the person who is ill is feeling and how you can help.
Information on antidepressants, controlling drugs plus links to websites to look up medications and interactions
with over the counter products.
Links to several excellent resources on finding the right assistive technology to help extend a persons
quality of life.
Article to help resolve conflicts in a marriage when one person is caregiver to the other
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The final stages, talking about choices
Ethical Issues in Hydration and Nutrition
Final Days-The Dying Experience
Food, constipation and feeding tubes
Helping a friend who is dying, guidance for friends and coworkers
Hospice and Pallative care
Nutritional support and hydration
When the end is near
Freedom to choose at life's end
Choosing how our last days are spent
Comforting a dying person
Death-what you can expect as the time nears
End of life decisions and the person with dementia
From your hands to God's arms, saying goodbye
General comfort at end, what you can do
Guidelines for family members and volunteers
Keeping Watch, readings, prayers and spiritual resources
Lack of appetite
Signs and symptoms of approaching death
The Value of touch
When someone dies
What to do, a short list
When no prearrangements have been made
Grief and Support
A guide to grief
Children - serveral excellent sources
Coping with Grief and Loss
Healing after loss
How to help someone grieving
Ideas for writing/journaling
Children & Teenager - information to help those grieving
Holidays - things to help make it through them
Resources, checklists, forms for planning purpose. Articles on support, legal advice, how to write thank you notes, etc.
This is a new section to move information from other pages and add new resources
Excellent list of things you can do to help a family living with a terminal illness. Something to give to your friends who ask how they can help!