Important Legal Forms to Know as an Alzheimer’s Caregiver

 

As an Alzheimer’s caregiver, the responsibilities of understanding how to navigate the legal, financial, and health care of your loved one fall on you. If you’re not a lawyer these responsibilities can feel foreign and hard to understand. Below are four legal documents that you will need need to know to help your loved one living with Alzheimer’s.

 

  • Power of Attorney Document. This document allows for the Alzheimer’s patient to pick someone (usually a spouse or trusted family member) to make important financial or legal decisions when the loved one with Alzheimer’s is no longer able to. This document does not give the appointed person the authority to override the decision making of the person living with Alzheimer’s disease. But the appointed person must act according to the wishes and best interest of the Alzheimer’s patient.

 

  • Power of Attorney For Healthcare Document.  This document allows a person with Alzheimer’s disease to name a health care agent  to make healthcare decisions when he or she are no longer able due to the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. These decisions can include:

    • Doctors and other healthcare providers

    • Types of treatments

    • Care Facilities

    • End-of-Life-Decisions

When the time comes, these decisions can be hard for families to make so it is good to have a plan set in place beforehand so these things can be decided easier.

 

  • Living Will. This document will is needed to dictate how your loved one with Alzheimer’s disease wishes to be treated in certain medical situations. This document will be used when a doctor decides your loved one is no longer able to communicate their desires

  • regarding life-sustaining treatment. Sometimes depending on your state, a specific form may be required or it may be drafted by an attorney. Please check your local laws.

 

  • Standard Will. This document should be set in place as soon as your loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. The standard will dictates the executor (person who will manage the estate) and the beneficiaries (the person(s) who will receive the assets in the estate). This document only starts to be in effect when your loved one has passed.

 

We know navigating these procedures can be complicated and are different for each individual. 

 

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