State Has Forms To Help Seniors With Life Care Plans

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The Arizona Attorney General's Office has an entire packet of documents to help senior citizens and others explore life care plans. These documents are those that will help make certain a variety of end-of-life wishes are fulfilled.

The packet is available at the attorney general's community service office at the Payson Regional Medical Center Senior Circle. It can also be found online at www.azag.gov under the heading "Life Care Planning." An informational video can also be requested with the packet.

Recently the Senior Circle hosted a program on life planning by Robin Stamp of the attorney general's office. The program was very well received and it is hoped another can be presented in the future.

To schedule a program on the packet with a representative from the attorney general's office, call (800) 352-8431or (602) 542-2123.

Forms included in the packet are: Durable Health Care Power of Attorney, Durable Mental Health Care Power of Attorney, Living Will (end-of-life care), Letter to (pre-selected) Representative (for end-of-life matters), and a Pre-Hospital Medical Directive (Do Not Resuscitate). There are also general guidelines, questions to consider when making life care decisions, responses to frequently asked questions and a list of resources and suggestions of where to find added information.

Attorney General Terry Goddard stresses the packet is not just for senior citizens. Pointing to the tragedy of the Terri Schiavo case, it is recommended that every adult make a life care plan and make sure the people that need to know about it are advised of its existence and where to find it in the event of an emergency.

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