An Alzheimer’s diagnosis can cause your world to come crashing down and can make you feel as though you no longer have control of your life. In the difficult aftermath of a diagnosis, it is time to take your control back. While you cannot stop the progression of the disease, you can take steps to ensure that you are able to maintain as much autonomy as possible, to ensure that you are able to make as many decisions as possible, and to ensure that you are able to protect your loved ones.
Nehoray and Drake, LLP is here to help. Our legal team knows the steps that should be taken after an Alzheimer’s diagnosis n order to achieve the most secure future possible. We guide individuals and families through the process of responding assertively to a diagnosis so they can be prepared as the disease progresses. Give us a call to find out about the personalized advice an Alzheimer’s planning lawyer can offer and to get answers to questions you have about Alzheimer’s planning including:
- Why is Alzheimer’s planning important?
- What should I do to cope with Alzheimer’s?
- How can an Alzheimer’s planning lawyer help me?
Why is Alzheimer’s Planning Important?
An Alzheimer’s diagnosis means you will lose the ability to make autonomous decisions at some point in your life. You want to make a plan before this happens to ensure you have:
- Chosen a nursing care facility with a memory care unit. You can select where you want to live and can review nursing home admissions paperwork with family so you will know what to expect when the time comes that nursing home care is needed.
- Made a plan to pay for nursing home care costs. Living in a memory care unit is expensive. You should work with an experienced attorney to make sure you can protect your assets while getting Medicaid to pay for your nursing home. Neither Medicare nor most private insurance will pay for an Alzheimer’s patient to be in a nursing home, so you must get Medicaid coverage if you don’t want to spend your life savings on nursing home care.
- Expressed your preferences for medical care. Do you want extraordinary measures taken to save your life or would you prefer not to have CPR, a feeding tube, or other medical interventions if you get sick or hurt? You should use advanced directives to fully communicate your wishes on what kinds of healthcare you do, and do not, want once your Alzheimer’s progresses and you can no longer make care decisions.
- Determined who will be in charge of your decision-making. When your Alzheimer’s has made you unable to make decisions, someone is going to need to be your agent or guardian who acts for you. If you create a power of attorney, you will get to decide who acts on your behalf. If you don’t, family members must petition for guardianship and the court will decide who makes your decisions.
- Created a comprehensive estate plan. Unless you want default laws to determine what happens to your assets when you pass away, you should make an estate plan as soon as you get an Alzheimer’s diagnosis while you are still of sound mind so your will, trusts, and other estate planning tools will be legally valid.
There may also be other steps you need to take in order to protect yourself, maintain as much autonomy as possible, and provide protection for your family. When you work with an Alzheimer’s planning lawyer, you can discuss your goals, fears, and concerns about the future and can get help using the law to take as much control of your future as you can.
What Should I Do to Cope with Alzheimer’s?
In addition to making plans to protect yourself and your family, you should also consider exploring opportunities to get benefits and to enhance your quality of life as an Alzheimer’s patient. Nehoray and Drake, LLP can provide you with assistance exploring different programs and benefits for Alzheimer’s patients, including things like adult day care as well as services that may be available for veteran’s. Our goal is to help you live the best life possible.
How can an Alzheimer’s Planning Lawyer Help Me?
Nehoray and Drake, LLP is here for Alzheimer’s patients and their families. We advise you on making a plan, and provide assistance to families handling difficult tasks like securing guardianship or choosing a nursing home. Give us a call today to find out more about the ways in which an attorney can help after an Alzheimer’s diagnosis.