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Preparing Your Family when a Loved Ones has Dementia

by Webmaster Admin on February 1st, 2024
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Dementia is a progressive brain disorder that can cause memory loss, changes in personality and behavior, and difficulty with daily activities. It can be a challenging and emotional experience for both the person with dementia and their family members. 

There are a number of significant actions that families can do to prepare when a loved one has been diagnosed with dementia. 

Following are seven (7) of the most important actions we often recommend:

1.    Get a diagnosis. The first step is to obtain a diagnosis from a doctor. This will help you to understand the type and stage of dementia and the expected course of the disease.

2.    Talk to your loved one who has been diagnosed with dementia about their wishes. Once you have secured a diagnosis, it is important to talk to your loved one about their wishes for their care. This includes their wishes for medical treatment, financial matters, and end-of-life care.

3.    So long as the family member who has been diagnosed with dementia is competent, he or she should meet with an estate planning attorney for the purpose of developing and implementing a comprehensive estate plan. An estate plan can help to ensure that your loved one’s wishes are carried out, even if they have difficulty making decisions for themselves. This estate planning legal documents include a Will, Revocable Living Trust, Durable Financial Power of Attorney, Health Care Power of Attorney, and HIPAA Waiver Authorization.

4.   Find support for your loved one who has been diagnosed with dementia. There are many resources available to help families cope with dementia. These resources can provide emotional support, practical advice, and financial assistance.

5.  Take care of your emotional well being and physical health. Caring for a loved one with dementia is a demanding and stressful experience. Therefore, it is important to take care of yourself physically and emotionally.

6.   Enjoy the time you have together. Dementia can take away many things, but it should not take away the joy of spending time with a loved one who has been diagnosed with dementia. Make the most of the time you have together.

The Levin Law Firm can help your family members to create a comprehensive estate plan and navigate relevant legal issues related to dementia.  

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