Alzheimer’s disease is a growing problem today that burdens loved ones and their families. The U.S. government website, alzheimers.gov reports that over five million people in the United States have Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s is most prevalent among the elderly, but is not a normal part of aging.
Diagnosis requires testing by qualified professionals. We cannot predict Alzheimer’s occurrence and certainly no one plans on getting it—not the loved one plagued by the disease nor the family members who must deal with their loved one’s care. However, there are actions you and your family should take or consider ahead of time as part of planning for elder care.
The Law Office of Bonnie Lawston based in Long Island, New York works on behalf of Alzheimer’s patients and their families. Our firm can help you plan for long-term care such as assisted living, a nursing home facility, or a home health care service. Structuring assets to provide for elder care is often an issue and guidance can be vital for arriving at the right solutions whether involving a trust or annuity, selecting long-term care insurance, or working out how to qualify for Medicaid. Through a durable power of attorney, you can designate a third party to make financial decisions for you. You should also designate a healthcare proxy and devise a living will that allows family and physicians to know your wishes about end-of-life care. As well as funeral directives and other options.
Memory loss is probably the most noticeable Alzheimer’s symptom, and it creates significant problems for seniors who must take medications. Medications are vital for controlling diabetes, high blood pressure, heart conditions, and other diseases. Eating a proper diet, remembering to eat, and managing other daily living tasks can also be problematic. Furthermore, Alzheimer’s patients frequently have difficulty adapting to changes in environment. In fact, moving a senior with Alzheimer’s to a long-term care facility may create further instability. Fortunately, home health care services are available that allow Alzheimer’s patients to receive proper care 24/7 within their own homes. And for some patients, this may be a better option.
Over the past 70 years, Star Multi Care has provided home health care services to meet individuals’ needs. We often assist Alzheimer’s patients and their family members and also work in conjunction with attorneys, physicians, long-term care insurers, and other professionals involved in the elderly person’s care.