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Health Tip: End-of-Life Planning

(HealthDay News) - Caregivers assume a host of vital responsibilities, but an easily neglected or often-avoided task is end-of-life planning.

Here are some suggestions, courtesy of the American Academy of Family Physicians:

  • Be sure that your loved one makes advance directives, including instructions on what kinds of medical services he or she wants (or doesn't want) if unable to communicate.   Click here  for more information.
  • Talk to your loved one about receiving hospice care, which can help provide comfort as a disease or condition progresses.
  • Be sure the person's finances are in order. Review the will, life insurance policy, and other legal documents with an attorney.
  • Make funeral arrangements, according to your loved one's wishes.

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