Legal Planning for People With Alzheimer’s Disease

While it is important for everyone to plan for the future, it is especially important for a person diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.  When diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, family, friends and loved ones should help the person take the necessary steps to contact an elder care lawyer to help the family begin developing a long-term care legal plan.  The sooner the legal planning begins, the person with Alzheimer’s, will be able to participate and help in the decision making.  This legal planning may include making plans for health care and long-term care coverage, making plans for finances and property, and placing legal authority in others to make decisions on behalf of the person with dementia or Alzheimer’s.

When your loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, you are faced with many different issues: How do you handle your loved ones’ affairs when they can no longer do so? How can you provide care for your loved one without neglecting other family members or your job? Can you get help caring for your loved one if you are physically unable to provide that care yourself? Is financial assistance available to offset the expenses of caring your loved one?

Legal pre-crisis planning allows you to arrange and organize financial and health care matters before the need for long-term care arises. Decisions can be made thoughtfully and carefully based on accurate and up-to-date information.

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