1. Advanced Directives – Everyone Needs One Now! Rayna Neises 25:48

Rayna Neises, your host, interviews Kira Reginato. Kira is a geriatric care manager who has helped the elderly and their families in a variety of settings.  Her vast experience coupled with her entrepreneurial nature has allowed her to develop an app for family caregivers and to author a book that she recently updated and rereleased, Tips for Helping Your Aging Parents: (without Losing Your Mind). She has so many tools to help caregivers, but focuses in this interview on tips regarding Healthcare/Medical Directives:

  • An Advanced Directive is a healthcare document, a form, where you decide and record two important things:
    • Power of Attorney – a person who you want to speak for you regarding medical decisions in the event you cannot
    • Instructions – what you want and do not want regarding your specific healthcare wishes
  • Everyone over the age of 18 should complete an Advanced Directive before a health crisis
  • Addendums for COVID-19 are now available allowing you to specifically state what should and should not be done related to this illness
  • Choose a Power of Attorney who can speak up on your behalf to honor your wishes and the right choice might not always be the closest family member
  • Free forms are available . . . Just ensure you get the right one for your state
  • Once complete, keep a master copy of your Advanced Directive, post a copy on your refrigerator door and give a copy to:
    • Power of Attorney
    • Backup Agent
    • Doctor
    • Hospital
  •  Another option is to get Kira’s app, Caring, which allows you to load documents on your phone and share them with everyone who needs a copy. Learn more https://callkira.com/the-caring-app/
  • As life and medical situations change, revisit your Advanced Directive to ensure it is updated
Rayna Neises A Season of Caring

Rayna Neises understands the joys and challenges that come from a season of caring. She helped care for both of her parents during their separate battles with Alzheimer’s over a thirty-year span. She is able to look back on those days now with no regrets – and she wishes the same for everyone caring for aging parents.

Rayna is the author of No Regrets: Hope for Your Caregiving Season, an ICF certified coach, the host of “A Season of Caring” podcast, Positive Approach® to Care (PAC)Independent Certified Trainer and speaker who is passionate about offering encouragement, support, and resources for regret-free caring aimed at preventing family caregivers from aimlessly wandering through this important season of life.

Rayna lives on a farm in southeast Kansas with her husband, Ron, and small pack of adorable dogs. She is the baby of her family, but most would never guess that. She is a former teacher who enjoys crafts of all kinds and spending time with her grandkids most of all.