I received a call from a hospital this week needing a health care advocate for a woman with no family who experiences confusion and disorganization. My responsibility in this situation is to help the woman understand the intended medical treatments so that a decision can be made that will result in the best care possible. Due to a number of complicated health issues she may be in the hospital for some time and then move to a rehabilitation facility in order to regain health and strength. It is easy for anyone of us to find ourselves in this type of situation if we do not prepare for our own long term care. If you have not made legal preparations for your own long term care, I encourage you to do this now if you don’t want to find yourself in the same situation as this woman without any family or friends to support her care.

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