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Homeward BoundModern Families, Elder Care, and Loss$
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Amy Ziettlow and Naomi Cahn

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190261092

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190261092.001.0001

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Decision-Making with Planning

Decision-Making with Planning

(p.52) 4 Decision-Making with Planning
Homeward Bound

Amy Ziettlow

Naomi Cahn

Oxford University Press

Chapter 4 explores how family members assumed responsibilities as the primary decision-maker when the parent engaged in formal planning in advance. The primary decision-maker acts as a complement to, and may be the same person as, the primary caregiver, but not always. It catalogs the different advance planning resources available, and highlights the ones used by study participants. Specifically, it looks at the roles played by Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) orders and powers of attorney in offering guidance to a grown child and in resolving conflicts within different family structures. Few study participants, however, reported that a parent had engaged in such advance planning. As this chapter shows, even when the parents’ efforts provided guidance, they did not necessarily prevent all conflicts.

Keywords:   medical decision-making, advance directive, DNR, Do Not Resuscitate, parent, conflict, family, living will, surrogate, power of attorney

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