Care giving for someone with Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most difficult jobs in the world. In addition to making sure that your loved one’s daily needs are met, you must deal with the fact that your relationship with this person is no longer what it once was. Plus, you are trying to maintain some sort of life of your own. As a caregiver, you need to take into consideration how you are doing as well, and recognize the boundaries between what you can handle on your own and what things you need to get assistance for from others.
Taking on the responsibility of providing for a loved one with Alzheimer’s can often cause the caregiver to experience financial stress. It’s often inconsistent with holding any other job, and reducing household income can often produce financial strain. Despite that, many caregivers feel uncomfortable with the idea of charging a parent or other loved one for their work. Even those who entertain the idea may not have a handle on what’s fair.
Fortunately, these issues can often be addressed in a very positive way with proper legal planning. This is generally not the type of legal help for which the assistance of a “general practice” attorney would be appropriate. You need an elder law attorney – someone who focuses his or her professional practice in dealing with the specific types of legal issues that Alzheimer’s families face, such as Coulson Elder Law.
It’s really sad when a loved one starts forgetting family member’s names and the importance of decorating for someone with Alzheimer’s becomes more necessary. Whether that loved one is in a nursing home or still at home, they can benefit from this idea that came out of planning sessions with some of our clients. Get […]
Government statistics show that literally hundreds of billions of dollars of uncompensated care is provided by family member caregivers to those with Alzheimer’s. This opens up a great planning opportunity for both Medicaid and VA benefits. It is possible to compensate family member caregivers and not have the payments count as gifts, if done correctly […]
People diagnosed with Alzheimer’s will, unfortunately, eventually lose their capacity for making decisions. When this happens, if they don’t have someone who’s been given authority to act for them through powers of attorney, the only alternative is court proceedings that are known as guardianships and conservatorships. There are many reasons why you would want to avoid guardianship or […]
Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease and unfortunately people with Alzheimer’s will eventually lose their capacity to make decisions. So, it’s important that certain legal documents, especially powers of attorney, are not only in place, but done so that they will still serve their purposes at the time that it is going to be needed the […]