Hospice Foundation for the Central Coast Planning for Life Transistions

20 Ragsdale Drive, Suite 260 P.O. Box 1798
Monterey, CA 93942-1798 (831) 333-9023 Fax: 373-4124
E-mail: info@hffcc.org Home: www.hffcc.org

     Everyone, at some point in their lives, will be faced with caring for aging parents, a spouse or other loved one, or will be facing their loss. Someday, someone will be facing these situations with you.

     Have you thought about who will be charged with carrying out your, or your loved one's wishes in the event of incapacity or death? Should you complete a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care? What kind of care is available? How do you find it? What questions do you need to ask the doctor? How will it be paid for? Questions even arise about how to organize the estate of the ill or dying person.

     Hospice Foundation offers speakers at no charge who can address many of these issues, and others about end-of-life care, and estate planning.

Shary Farr, Hospice Foundation's life planning specialist, gives an excellent presentation on how individuals and families can and should plan for expected and unexpected transitions.

Some transitions are gradual and expected, such as the birth of a baby, or the declining health of a family member," Shary says, "and some are unexpected, such as incapacity or death. No matter what your age or circumstances, it is extremely important to plan for these life transitions.

     ""Taking steps now while you or your loved one are healthy and strong can ease the impact of any major life transition, especially for those whom you designate to handle your affairs if at any time you are unable to do so.

     "Creating a personal "roadmap" of instructions and choices will provide your loved ones with a sense of security and confidence that they are representing your interests and carrying out your wishes."

     Shary also provides a very special service for those who are considering leaving a legacy gift to support hospice care through the Hospice Foundation. She can help people fill out or locate important papers, such as a Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare and can assist in setting their affairs in order so that it is easier on those who will be acting in their behalf.

     If you are interested in scheduling a speaker from the Hospice Foundation, please call (831) 333-9023 or E-mail us at info@hffcc.org. Be sure to include your phone number so that you can be contacted directly.

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