As a child of an elderly parent, there are few things more important than
making good decisions. One of the problems with our healthcare system is
that it is very fragmented. Often the care you receive from each stop
along the way (Hospital, Rehab, Home Health, Doctor) is not coordinated
carefully, which leaves you as the common thread that needs to orchestrate
the best recovery.

I found a great Handbook entitled “Making Medical Decisions for Someone
Else” that I thought might be a great teaching tool for you. This
Handbook was created for the state of Maryland by the American Bar
Association Commission on Law and Aging. You should check it out, it has
some great information.

Here are some of the highlights:
– How to talk to your parents about their wishes
– Steps to follow when making a medical decision
– Questions to ask the doctor
– Definition of Health Proxy
– Resources to help resolve disputes
– Some great definitions and terms to know

Hang in there!


David Wood, Owner, SLO Caregivers
David Wood, Owner, SLO Caregivers

San Luis Obispo Caregivers was created in memory of my Grandfather, Tracy Gordon Wood II. My mission is to honor him by providing trustworthy, compassionate, and competitively priced caregiving services to seniors in my community. After 25 years in the financial industry and the decision to leave behind a successful 6-year position as the Chief Operating Officer of SESLOC Federal Credit Union, I created San Luis Obispo Home Care. This decision served my desire to make a difference and support the growing needs of seniors in my community. As my business grew and I leaned heavily on my financial background, I realized there was a much more cost-effective way to provide seniors with the care they deserve. This realization led to the creation of San Luis Obispo Caregivers, a referral agency and SLO Senior Placement, a free resource for families looking for independent or assisted living options for seniors. Ultimately, I listen, assess your situation and recommend various options that are available for your family.