Steps to Take in Advance of Death or Disability

No one wants to face the fact that our loved ones will not be with us forever. Facing our own mortality is frightening as well. Although none of us wants to contemplate a time when we or a loved one might become disabled or die, it is important to be prepared. There are many steps families can take in advance of death or disability to avoid future conflicts or uncertainties: Don’t be afraid to start the conversation. Whether you are a parent talking to your children, a husband talking to a wife, or an adult child talking to an aging Continue Reading

Nursing Home Assessed Damages for Failing to Honor Patients Living Will

A Florida jury has found that in trying to keep a 92-year-old Alzheimer’s patient alive, a nursing home failed to honor the patient’s living will and advance directive and must pay damages. The jury found that the nursing home, the Joseph L. Morse Geriatric Center in West Palm Beach, had breached its contract with the patient, Madeline Neumann, by not honoring her wish that she not be sustained by artificial means. The jury awarded $150,000 in damages. "This is a big deal," said Dr. Kenneth Goodman, director of the University of Miami’s bioethics program and the Florida Bioethics Network. "It’s Continue Reading