What to Know When Your Parents Are in the Hospital

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What to Know When Your Parents Are in the Hospital

It is a strange role-reversal when your parent is in the hospital and you become the caregiver. You are a responsible adult now, and your parent needs your help. Here are three forms you should know about if your parent is anticipating any type of medical procedures:

Health Proxy

No matter what their medical situation, if your parent is in the hospital or is anticipating a hospital stay, you may need a health care proxy. The laws are strict on who can speak for a patient when that patient is unable to make his or her own health care decisions. There are several reasons why you may not be legally considered the next of kin. Having a health care proxy in place will avoid confusion and complication at a critical time.

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