Your loved one’s physician at the nursing home may not be able to discuss their health with concerned family members due to rules of patient confidentiality.
If you want to ensure that you will be part of the conversation about your loved one’s health condition, treatment, medication and even life-or-death decisions, certain documents may need to be in place.
With a Medical Power of Attorney, your loved one can appoint someone they trust such as a child, friend or other family member to make health care decisions for them when they are unable to.
An Advance Medical Directive or Living Will allows your loved one to specify their wishes when it comes to their care and to appoint someone they trust to act on their behalf.
Either of these documents would include HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) authorization to ensure you’re not violating the HIPAA act in discussing your loved one’s health with their doctor.
To learn more about these and other helpful documents, please visit our Wills and Power of Attorney page.