Key points

Getting your “ducks in a row” means knowing and assembling key documents so you can access them quickly in emergency situations or when the need arises.

Learn what services are covered by Medicare or Medicaid vs. long term care insurance.

Key legal documents to know: will, durable power of attorney, healthcare power of attorney, special needs trust, guardianship.

Advance directives allow you to indicate your wishes for end-of-life care ahead of time.

Physicians Orders on Scope of Treatment (POST) is a form created with your physician to indicate end-of-life decisions throughout the medical system.

Indiana’s Care, Advise, Record and Enable (CARE) Act requires hospitals to allow patients to designate the name of a family caregiver.


Icebreaker questions (choose one)

How many species of ducks can you name?

What’s your favorite thing to do in the summer?

Name something on your bucket list.


Discussion questions

Have you had any difficulty with end-of-life discussions with your loved ones?

Do you have any suggestions for organizing or sharing key documents?

What challenges do you face with this subject?

What point in the video was helpful to you?

Review the Caregiver Weekly Check Up


Periodically reviewing these questions may help you be more aware of what is happening in your caregiving journey and find perspective to make better decisions. Even if you don’t journal, you may find it helpful to discuss these questions with a small group, healthcare professional, or other supports.

Caregiver Weekly Check Up

Help and Hope for Family Caregivers accompanying workbook.