Legal Documents Family Caregivers Should Have

Family caregivers are responsible for taking care of their older loved ones. Occasionally this responsibility may require legal documentation to help make care easier. Having the following documents on hand may reduce future headaches.

• A Will: This document should lay out what loved ones want to do with their property once they are gone.

• Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care: This document allows a family caregiver the right to make health decisions if the person is no longer able to do it.

• Durable Power of Attorney for Finances: It is similar to the above document, but it for financial matters instead of health-related ones.

• Advance Directives: This documentation lays out how the loved one wants their end-of-life care to be handled. This can include a Do Not Resuscitate order.

These are some of the most essential documents for a family caregiver to have. Other important documents include financial records and insurance information. Having legal matters written out neatly and having the documentation ready may save a lot of trouble when those documents are needed.

    TRACY SACRE, RN       

Tracy Sacre, President & Owner of Proof of Care

Tracy is a Registered Nurse and the owner of Proof of Care, Vancouver’s leading home health company. After 20 years of nursing and 7 years of teaching caregivers, Tracy realized that the standard of care in the community for caregiving was desperately poor. In 2011 she took up the challenge and launched Proof of Care, which has gone on to provide care for hundreds of seniors, employ over 250 professional caregivers and lead the field by giving Canada’s best home care experiences daily.

Tracy can be found giving engaging speeches & seminars throughout Vancouver where she is fast becoming the authority on elder care in the home. While Tracy’s best known for her expertise in home care, her clients and staff share that her biggest impact comes from her ability to connect with seniors at an individual level and advocate for their physical and mental health.

Proof of Care service ranges from Companion Care, through to Personal Care, and Nursing – everything from keeping you company and helping with light housekeeping, to administering medications and changing dressings on wounds. All of these services are available in-home, or wherever home is – such as assisted living or long-term care living.

If you or an ageing loved one are considering Home Care Services in Vancouver, BC, please contact the caring staff at Proof of Care today on 604 986 2273, 24 hours a day.