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What Legal Plans Should Be Made After an Alzheimer’s Diagnosis?

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It’s never easy to move forward after an elderly relative or aging parent is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Although it’s difficult, because of the progressive nature of Alzheimer’s it is very important for a senior to make some important legal decisions that reflect ongoing financial, medical, and long-term care preferences while he or she is still capable. After an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, Douglas County home care providers recommend getting the following items in order.

Power of Attorney

Your loved one will want to appoint a power of attorney who can make financial and sometimes medical decisions on his or her behalf. Additionally, your loved one may want to appoint a health care surrogate who can make medical decisions on his or her behalf if this is not covered within the power of attorney document. Furthermore, it is also helpful if the power of attorney is listed on any active accounts your loved one may have including bank accounts, investments, housing, and other assets that the power of attorney may need access to.

On-Going Care

Your loved one will need to decide on future care, including the possibility of long-term home care if he or she prefers to age in place. If your loved one plans to remain in the comfort of home, you’ll want to seek out a trusted home care provider in Douglas County who can ensure your loved one has the 24-hour home care and support necessary to live safely and comfortably at home. Although family members often want to step in and help, the level of care required of a progressive disease can often be overwhelming. Even if family is willing to help, chances are you’ll want additional help from a professional agency.

End-of-Life Decisions

End-of-life care information is typically covered in a living will. Your senior loved one will need to decide on things like hospice care and life-prolonging procedures. Furthermore, it is important to discuss whether or not your loved one wishes to have a Do Not Resuscitate order, which does not allow for any emergency response or life-prolonging procedures. Finally, it is paramount that you discuss burial plans with your loved one.

As Alzheimer’s progresses, you might find managing your loved one’s care needs a challenge. Know that you don’t have to do it alone. Home Care Assistance is a leading provider of Alzheimer’s care for seniors in Doulas County, and we are available to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Learn more about our services by calling 720-287-1685 and scheduling a no-obligation consultation.