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.
A really common and really unfortunate mistake that causes a lot of Alzheimer’s families to talk themselves out of engaging in planning that could very effectively protect a great deal of life savings has to do with Alzheimer’s and the Medicaid look-back rule. They see their family member, diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, and often believe they […]
Alzheimer’s and Powers of Attorney for Property: Why the document’s specific language matters so much
Not all Powers of Attorney for Property are created equal. This may come as a surprise to some people, we hear “Power of Attorney for Property” and we think of a standardized form, but the language contained in these documents can differ from each other. While a basic form may give authority to pay bills and […]
One of the most common, well-intentioned mistakes that Alzheimer’s families make is gathering the whole family around with the Alzheimer’s person to talk about taking the keys away. While the family may have their best interests at heart, their support and concern may actually come off to the Alzheimer’s person as being ganged up on […]
You may have heard me speak in other videos about the five-year look-back period for Medicaid. Well, if somebody upon a first diagnosis of Alzheimer’s engages in planning to direct his or her life savings from long-term care costs, most frequently that can be done at least five years in advance of nursing home placement. […]
If you have a family member with Alzheimer’s and you’re considering facility placement, a Memory Care facility is definitely something you want to look into. People with Alzheimer’s are often in good health but need extra attention and help. They also may have a tendency to wander, so people with Alzheimer’s often need more security […]