Suppose your loved one has been diagnosed with cognitive impairment or shows signs of memory loss. In that case, it's essential to contact an elder care attorney.
First, we want to make sure we meet with your loved one as soon as possible, so we can do any planning while they still can share their wishes with us and let us know what they want. It's also important that if we're doing any sort of legal planning, your loved one still has to have the legal capacity to understand what he or she is signing. You don't have to worry about that, we're trained to help you, but the key point is that we need to speak as soon as possible.
The second reason is that we can help you start thinking about future caregiving options. When it comes to things like long-term care planning, the sooner we plan, the more options we're going to have, the more flexibility we'll have, and the less stressful it will be for you and your family.
The third reason is that we need to make sure that they have the right documents and they're powerful enough to weather any storms to come. Often, as caregiving needs progressed, we end up applying for things like government benefits to help pay for care. But when planning for those benefits, we need to make sure that we have the powers in place so that you can do that planning on your loved one's behalf if they haven't already done it for themselves.
I know this can be overwhelming. My own family has had to navigate this situation. You want to make sure that you're working with an elder care attorney who understands these caregiving issues, understands what these diagnoses mean, how it impacts the family, and the stress involved.
We have a book that you can download, The Guide to Alzheimer's Care, and it's full of information to help you get started. Read about Warning Signs of Dementia if a loved one's showing signs of memory loss, or subscribe to the free online seminar If the Diagnosis is Dementia: What it Means and What you Need to Know.
If you already know that you need help, give us a call at 919-500-7754.
I want you to know: You are not alone. We are here for you.