Department of Public Welfare has issued Aimee's Bulletin, a document that summarizes the commonwealth's laws about making healthcare decisions for adults with special needs. The report is named after Aimee Sandler, a Montgomery County woman who was born with a neuro-tubular disorder. Abigail Sandler says her family disagreed with a group home about the best way to care for her sister. "Aimee had a legal, court-appointed guardian, her uncle," she says. "When it came to the point where Amy had stopped eating and two doctors declared that continued care was futile, her group home provider insisted that a feeding tube be inserted, even though that was against the wishes of Aimee's legal guardian." Aimee was transferred to another group home before she died two years ago. The bulletin outlines how families can make medical decisions for an adult with special needs without seeking permission from the courts. The document does not change any existing laws about surrogates making healthcare choices for others."> Department of Public Welfare has issued Aimee's Bulletin, a document that summarizes the commonwealth's laws about making healthcare decisions for adults with special needs. The report is named after Aimee Sandler, a Montgomery County woman who was born with a neuro-tubular disorder. Abigail Sandler says her family disagreed with a group home about the best way to care for her sister. "Aimee had a legal, court-appointed guardian, her uncle," she says. "When it came to the point where Amy had stopped eating and two doctors declared that continued care was futile, her group home provider insisted that a feeding tube be inserted, even though that was against the wishes of Aimee's legal guardian." Aimee was transferred to another group home before she died two years ago. The bulletin outlines how families can make medical decisions for an adult with special needs without seeking permission from the courts. The document does not change any existing laws about surrogates making healthcare choices for others."> Department of Public Welfare has issued Aimee's Bulletin, a document that summarizes the commonwealth's laws about making healthcare decisions for adults with special needs. The report is named after Aimee Sandler, a Montgomery County woman who was born with a neuro-tubular disorder. Abigail Sandler says her family disagreed with a group home about the best way to care for her sister. "Aimee had a legal, court-appointed guardian, her uncle," she says. "When it came to the point where Amy had stopped eating and two doctors declared that continued care was futile, her group home provider insisted that a feeding tube be inserted, even though that was against the wishes of Aimee's legal guardian." Aimee was transferred to another group home before she died two years ago. The bulletin outlines how families can make medical decisions for an adult with special needs without seeking permission from the courts. The document does not change any existing laws about surrogates making healthcare choices for others."> Bulletin affirms families' rights to make medical decisions for relatives | News | witf.org
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Bulletin affirms families' rights to make medical decisions for relatives

Written by Megan Lello and Radio Pennsylvania | Jan 19, 2011 9:51 AM

(Undated) -- Families who care for relatives with special needs may now have an easier time speaking on behalf of their loved ones. The state Department of Public Welfare has issued Aimee's Bulletin, a document that summarizes the commonwealth's laws about making healthcare decisions for adults with special needs. The report is named after Aimee Sandler, a Montgomery County woman who was born with a neuro-tubular disorder. Abigail Sandler says her family disagreed with a group home about the best way to care for her sister. "Aimee had a legal, court-appointed guardian, her uncle," she says. "When it came to the point where Amy had stopped eating and two doctors declared that continued care was futile, her group home provider insisted that a feeding tube be inserted, even though that was against the wishes of Aimee's legal guardian." Aimee was transferred to another group home before she died two years ago. The bulletin outlines how families can make medical decisions for an adult with special needs without seeking permission from the courts. The document does not change any existing laws about surrogates making healthcare choices for others.

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