On January 19, 2015, Cleveland Attorney Elizabeth L. Perla of the Law Offices of Randall M. Perla spoke to residents of the Franciscan Village of Cleveland, Ohio, which offers independent living for seniors. At the talk, Ms. Perla touched upon issues of Medicaid, including the use of Medicaid to pay for long-term nursing care, eligibility for Medicaid and Medicaid planning opportunities. She also reviewed basic estate planning documents including the Health Care Power of Attorney and Living Will, Financial Power of Attorney, Living Trust and Last Will and Testament. The session gave residents… Read the rest
A DNR Order or a “Do Not Resuscitate” Order can be issued for a person who doesn’t want to have cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or other forms of medical intervention in the event that his heart stops or he stops breathing.
There are two standard DNR orders, DNR Comfort Care and DNR Comfort Care-Arrest.
Under a DNR Comfort Care, a person receives care to ease pain and suffering but no resuscitation to save or prolong life. The standard DNR Protocal calls for medical personnel to: suction airways, administer oxygen, position for comfort, splint or immobilize, control bleeding, provide… Read the rest
Ideally, a person should execute a durable financial power of attorney and a health care power of attorney, and possible a living will as well, while the person is still competent, appointing an individual to make decisions on his behalf in financial and health care matters once the person is no longer able to do so. However, if a person does not execute financial and health care powers of attorney and becomes mentally impaired and unable to take proper care of himself or his property, then a guardianship becomes necessary. Mental impairment can be the result of mental retardation/developmental… Read the rest