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A transition to an assisted living facility or residential care home would offer many benefits to the quality of life of a disabled adult or senior. The biggest benefits of assisted living are the peace of mind given to the family members or responsible party; knowing your loved one is safe, cared for, and enjoying the best possible quality of life given their current functioning level. These long-term housing options will provide personal care support services such as meals, medication management, bathing, dressing, transportation, and 24/7 supervision.
A Power of Attorney (POA) is a legal document that you (the principal) create. It gives another person (your agent) the legal authority to act on your behalf. You can give your agent broad, ongoing powers, such as handling all of your finances or limit him/her to specific actions and dates, for example paying your bills while you are away. He or she may not write, change, or revoke your will.
Both Principal and Agent must complete the form and authorize in front of a public notary or at least two (2) witnesses not related to the principal or agent for the document to be legal. If the transaction takes place in a licensed care facility a representative from the California Ombudsman office must be present for the document to be valid.
BASIC TYPES OF POWER OF ATTORNEY
An “advance health care directive” allows your physician, spouse, partner, family and friends know what your health care preferences are, and including the types of special treatment you want or don’t want at the end of life, your wishes for diagnostic testing, surgical procedures, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and organ donation.
When you consider the factors of your options early, you can confirm the quality of life that is important to you and avoid having your family “guess” your wishes or having to make crucial medical care decisions for you under stress or in emotional confusion.
The IHSS Program will help pay for services provided to you so that you can stay safely in your own home. To be eligible, you must be over 65 years of age, or disabled, or blind. IHSS is considered an alternative to out-of-home care, such as nursing homes or board and care facilities.
The types of services which can be authorized through IHSS are housecleaning, meal preparation, laundry, grocery shopping, personal care services (such as bowel and bladder care, bathing, and grooming), accompaniment to medical appointments, and supervision for the mentally impaired.
In order to start the application process for IHSS services, you must first call the 925-363-3677.