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.
In this Elder Law Minute, Wes Coulson, Southern Illinois Elder Law attorney, explains why establishing a guardianship or conservatorship is both complicated and costly and discusses how planning ahead and having powers of attorney in place is a much better solution. ? Why Is It So Complicated To Establish A Guardianship Or Conservatorship? Transcript: Hi, I’m […]
In this Elder Law Minute, Wes Coulson, Southern Illinois Elder Law attorney, presents another topic covered in The Alzheimer’s Guide: Practical Advice for Families, Caregivers and Professionals and discusses the important subject of whether someone who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s can still legally and validly execute legal documents. ? Can A Person With Alzheimer’s Still Sign Legal […]
Married couples facing an Alzheimer’s diagnosis should consider planning with a competent Elder Law Attorney as early on as possible for a few reasons. One reason being, people often make the assumption that if you’re married, that automatically gives you the legal right to take care of everything for each other. That’s not the case, […]
The planning involved in protecting someone’s assets from the devastating costs of long-term care often spark questions with regards to its ethical and moral standpoints. As to a moral standpoint, Alzheimer’s is a destructive disease that requires a specific kind of care, usually involving a long-term care facility. While there is financial help for people […]
Alzheimer’s and nursing home care seem to inevitably go hand in hand. Whether you are facing this diagnosis for yourself or for a family member, there is some legal planning that needs to be done. And if you are single with Alzheimer’s, the time to plan is now. It’s essential to do the planning early […]