Elder care law, health care law, retirement planning, long-term care, and end-of-life planning are all hot issues--especially as baby boomers approach the twilight of their lives. And while numerous books are available for planning the various aspects of their later years, few guides exist to help lawyers navigate these turbulent waters.
Based on the authors7; successful guide for laypeople, The End-of-Life Advisor is a guide to help lawyers address their clients' end-of-life issues. From the care planning process to wills and estates to DNRs, authors Susan Dolan and Audrey Vizzard provide lawyers with real-world advice and insight into dealing with these tricky and often emotionally charged issues. The book shares wisdom through both stories and practical advice as well as psychological insights and humor. The authors are uniquely positioned to write this book. Susan Dolan is a registered nurse, attorney, and certified HIPPA administrator. Audrey Vizzard is a clinical psychologist. Both are veteran hospice volunteers. In addition, they are a mother-daughter team, which allows them to discuss in real terms the pressing issues surrounding end-of-life care in a way that that few other authors could bring to the table.Elder care law, health care law, retirement planning, long-term care, and end-of-life planning are all hot issues--especially as baby boomers approach the twilight of their lives. And while numerous books provide guidance on the legal options, including power of attorney and living wills, and others prepare people for the emotional aspects of death and dying, few books compassionately offer both.From the care planning process to DNRs, authors Susan Dolan and Audrey Vizzard provide individuals who wish to prepare, as well as lawyers, health care professionals, and financial planners, with real-world advice and insight into dealing with these tricky and often emotionally charged issues. The book shares wisdom through both stories and practical advice as well as psychological insights and humor.The authors are uniquely positioned to write this book. Susan Dolan is a registered nurse and attorney. Audrey Vizzard is a clinical psychologist and nurse. Both are veteran hospice volunteers. In addition, they are a mother-daughter team, which allows them to discuss in real terms the pressing issues surrounding end-of-life care in a way that few other authors could bring to the table.In this simple guide, you'll find both practical step-by-step advice and compassionate, heartfelt guidance to dramatically improve the last days of life. Written by a mother-daughter team of hospice volunteers with experience in nursing, law, and psychology,The End-of-Life Advisorwill show you the remarkable benefits of hospice care.If you're a healthcare or legal professional, you'll discover the important ways you can advise your patients and clients. If you're caring for a loved one, you'll learn how you can help make their last days much more comfortable. If you're planning for yourself, you'll understand the decisions you need to make now so you can find greater peace down the road.You'll get basic practical information on the ways a person can make their wishes known and maintain control over their end-of-life experience. This includes living wills, power of attorney for healthcare, Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) orders, choosing hospice care, managing pain, increasing comfort ad making after-death plans.Along the way you'll find inspirational, emotional, and often humorous stories of positive end-of-life experiences where pain and fear were replaced with comfort and peace."A source of reliable information and guidance for life's last and most difficult situations....Natural story-tellers, the authors deftly tell lively, colorful stories of people caught in extraordinary circumstances to convey lessons that we all would be wise to learn. I will recommend this book to patients and families."Ira Byock, MD, Director of Palliative Care, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, New Hampshire, author ofDying WellandThe Four Things that Matter Most "Packed with wisdom, compassion, humor, and most of all hope, this book offers something for everyone. Readers will find an invaluable handbook that touches on every aspect of planning and preparing for excellent end-of-life care."Barbara Dossey, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN, International Co-Director, Nightingale Initiative for Global Health, author ofHolistic Nursing "Once I started reading this book I couldn't stop. It seemed like I was reading a diary of my last 25 years as a hospice physician. What a wonderful, extraordinary and uplifting gift. For a long-time 'hospice road warrior,' the book brought not only many smiles and frank laughter, but many tearful moments for me, too...all reminding me that this chosen work is, too, a gift."Perry G. Fine, MD, Professor of Anesthesiology, Pain Research Center, School of Medicine, University of Utah, author ofThe Hospice Companion "Weaving stories from their decades of experience with patients, this mother-daughter team has crafted a true gem. This approachable book illuminates the need for conversations about end-of-life choices and demonstrates the grace of hospice. It is a wonderful tool to enable people of all ages to follow the sage advice, 'From the start, consider the finish.'"Nathan A. Kottkamp, JD, Chairman, National Healthcare Decisions Day, Healthcare Attorney, McGuireWoods LLP, Richmond, Virginia "The End-of-Life Advisoris a mandatory resource. Whether you are a patient, their family or support system, a health care professional or a student,The End-of-Life Advisorwill enhance your knowledge while enriching your spirit!"Ellen Fink-Samnick LCSW, CCM, CRC, Clinician, Trainer, Educator,EFS Supervision Strategies
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