There are several legal documents family caregivers may need to discuss with their senior loved one. Cincinnati, OH, elder care staff from Home Care Assistance suggests getting these documents signed as soon as possible to ward off the possibility your loved one is no longer competent to tell people his or her wishes concerning property and care.
Durable Power of Attorney
The durable power of attorney lets you act on behalf of your loved one when signing legal documents. Therefore, you can control your loved one’s finances in the bank or other financial institutions. It also gives you the right to buy or sell assets such as land. Finally, it gives you the right to see to your loved one’s medical care. If you do not get this document signed and your loved one becomes unable to tell the world what he or she wants, the court may have to appoint someone in a conservatorship hearing. If that happens, every decision must be approved by the court.
A living will allows seniors to state their health care wishes if they become incapacitated. The living will is sometimes called a health directive. In particular, this document should state whether your loved one wants to be put on life support or not.
Every senior should have a written will. This allows them to say exactly what will happen to their things after they pass away. The family caregiver can be appointed the trustee to take care of the estate after a senior loved one passes on. Alternatively, a lawyer can be appointed the trustee. If your loved one dies without a will, the court gets to decide. Oftentimes, the court decides everything gets sold, and no one gets what was promised to them.
While it is not easy for family caregivers to have this discussion with their loved ones, doing so ensures seniors receive the care they need.
For more information on financial and legal matters that affect your loved one, reach out to Home Care Assistance. We provide live-in and part-time care, and we also offer specialized Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and dementia care. Cincinnati, OH, families can call 513.891.2273 to speak to a Care Manager and schedule a complimentary consultation.