Ep.61 HEALTH DIRECTIVES with TIFFANY MCKENZIE

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In the age of COVID-19, there has been a renewed focus on Health Care Directives. The communicability and finality of the disease have opened up all sorts of fears and uncertainty for many people- especially among the elderly. To that end, I am excited to present the conversation I had with TIFFANY MCKENZIE. She is a partner in the Private Client Group at Bryan Cave in Atlanta. We talked about planning in the COVID-19 environment with extra attention on the often-overlooked health care directives.

Description of the Current COVID Environment for Planning

  • The speed and communicability of the disease
  • The higher death rates
  • Many times people enter hospital unaccompanied

A Quick Reminder for Listeners: What are the Usual Documents that Need Updating:

  • Will
  • Trusts
  • Powers of Attorney
  • And Health Care Directives

Health Care Directives

  • How are this different from a Power of Attorney?
  • Designating Health Care Preferences
  • Designating a Health Care Proxy

Preferences-

  • What criteria for decision-making should we include?
  • What are 

Proxy

  • Who should be in this Role?
  • When does this person make decisions?
  • What should be considered in a COVID environment?

Communication issues

  • Being comfortable with remote methods
  • Developing a relationship with doctors and institutions and their decision-making
  • Preferences for choosing drugs, services

Intubations – 

  • What is the process for ventilators?
  • Triage v. Best Efforts

What else are should be thinking about in emergency situations?

  • Where can we reach you and keep track of your writings?

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