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:
- 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
- What criteria for decision-making should we include?
- What are
- Who should be in this Role?
- When does this person make decisions?
- What should be considered in a COVID environment?
- Being comfortable with remote methods
- Developing a relationship with doctors and institutions and their decision-making
- Preferences for choosing drugs, services
- 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?