Many people may not understand the importance of a health care directive or a living will. More people may not understand the difference between the two. Essentially, a health care directive allows one make specific rules about his or her care in the event they become incapacitated, cannot speak or cannot make decisions on their own behalf. Similarly, a living will can present protocols for a person’s care in end-of-life situations.
Regardless of what you understand about health care directives and living wills, and what value they bring, the situation with legendary DJ Casey Kasem and the ongoing battle between his children and his wife should make people think twice about ignoring these documents. While we have authored a number of posts on this story, we find it prudent to provide an update.
In the latest legal battle, a Washington state judge has affirmed a California state judge’s ruling that allow’s Kasem’s daughter, Kerri, to see the ailing patriarch at up to one hour per day, and to have an independent medical professional evaluate him. Kasem’s wife, Jean, has consistently disallowed visits from Kasem’s children, which has led to a slew of litigation over access and choices about care.
The former DJ known for his former “Top 40” countdown show is 82 years old and is apparently suffering from dementia. Since he presumably no longer has the capacity to make medical decisions on his own, he depends on others to dictate his care.
In the meantime, those who have questions about what a health care directive entails, an experiend attorney can help.
Source: Abajournal.com “Court OK’s independent medical examination for Casey Kasem,” Martha Nell, June 2, 2014