Dementia Care: Long-Term Legal Planning

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Legal Planning for Dementia Patients

After your parent or aging relative has been diagnosed with dementia, you must figure out all of the legalities involved in their care, both now and for the long-term. You want your loved one to have as much of a say as possible regarding their health care, ensuring that their wishes are carried out even when they are unable to make clear decisions independently. Although this is a sensitive topic, it will be important to look into and discuss the following legal matters with your loved one.

Living Will

It will be important to talk to your loved one about finalizing a living will. The will makes their intentions clear and known to everyone regarding how they want their health care to be handled as the symptoms of the disease progress. This will include life-saving measures such as DNR (do no resuscitate) orders and if a breathing machine or other medications should be used to help prolong life.

A living will provides seniors in the early stages of dementia some control over their care, so it’s very important that they take advantage of this opportunity. This may also be a good time to discuss where they would like to receive care. With reliable services such as in-home care, San Antonio families can rely on, seniors have the option of receiving the advanced care they need, all from the comfort of home.

Living Trust

A living trust should also be created while the senior still retains their cognitive functioning. Who do they want to have their property and assets when they pass away? This will ensure that their most precious belongings and hard-earned assets are left in the hands of family members and individuals that your loved one trusts.

Durable Power of Attorney

A person in the early stages of dementia can grant the power of attorney to you, or someone else they trust. Power of attorney means that someone other than the senior can make decisions on their medical care, distribution of their assets, and other areas of personal and business life. It’s vital that the senior puts in writing that they want the power of attorney to continue having power after he or she no longer has the mental capacity to make decisions.

If your aging parent or loved one has been diagnosed with dementia and you are looking for ways to support their care at home, reach out to Home Care Assistance of San Antonio today. We offer advanced San Antonio dementia care from highly trained and experienced caregivers on an hourly or live-in basis. Call (210) 495-6300 and request a complimentary, no-obligation consultation.


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