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Health Care Proxy: A Must for College Aged Children

Imagine this scenario: You are the parent of a college student. Your telephone rings one evening and on the other end is your child’s roommate telling you that your child was just rushed to the emergency room. You call the hospital for information and identify yourself as the parent. The hospital advises you that because your child is 18, they cannot provide you with any information.

It is at that moment that you realize that you have as much of a chance of getting healthcare information about a stranger as you do your own child. 

Although this is the last thing a family wants to think about when preparing a child for college or helping a young person after college, the risk is undeniable. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hundreds of thousands of young adults are hospitalized each year. The question is, do you want to be the first phone call or the last? 

There is no denying that a Healthcare Proxy for your college age children is essential and offers one less worry for parents. The ongoing Coronavirus pandemic reinforces the need to be prepared- not scared, so that you can support and protect your children in need if a health crisis occurs, whether they are at school or at home.

What You Should Do: Contact our office to schedule your appointment before your child attends college in the fall. If drafted correctly, the health care proxy will give parents authority to communicate with medical professionals, make health care decisions if your child is unable to do so and access your child’s medical records. Cona Elder Law will prepare a health care proxy with and for your child in one appointment. Call us at 631.390.5000 or click here.

About the Author Cona Elder Law

Cona Elder Law is a full service law firm based in Melville, LI. Our firm concentrates in the areas of elder law, estate planning, estate administration and litigation, special needs planning and health care facility representation. We are proud to have been recognized for our innovative strategies, creative techniques and unparalleled negotiating skills unendingly driven toward our paramount objective - satisfying the needs of our clients.

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