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Planning for Legal Issues as a Family Caregiver

By Rick Cohen, 9:00 am on

Some seniors have spent their lives amassing riches. If you’re working as a family caregiver, it is important to make sure your loved one’s last wishes are carried out according to his or her will. The expert staff from a professional Milwaukee home care agency discusses the following legal issues caregivers may have to consider.

Durable Power of Attorney

Seniors need to name someone as their durable power of attorney. This individual has the duty to manage the senior’s affairs in the way he or she thinks the senior would have done so. The document becomes effective if the senior becomes incapacitated. Experts suggest choosing a backup person as well.

Conservatorship

A family caregiver taking care of an incapacitated senior should consider being named the senior’s guardian in a conservatorship hearing. The judge will examine all the facts to determine the health of the senior and then appoint a person to see to the senior’s affairs.

Living Will 

In some states, a durable living will may not cover medical matters. Therefore, the senior can create a living will, which is also called a health care directive. This document allows the medical team to know if the senior wants to be put on life support. Without this document, the medical team may start saving the senior’s life.

Will

One of the most loving things a senior can do is write a will. This can protect his or her assets from costly court battles. A will makes sure everyone understands what the senior wants them to have at the time of his or her death. 

Working as a family caregiver for a senior loved one can be a challenging task. In many instances, you may need professional assistance for your loved one while you sort out legal matters. This is where experienced caregivers at Home Care Assistance can be of service. Our caregivers offer meal preparation, basic transportation, and other services for seniors, while their family members can focus on other matters, and we also offer specialized Parkinson’s, post-stroke and dementia care in Milwaukee. To learn more about our customized senior care programs, call one of our Care Managers today at (414) 964-8000.

Essential Legal Advice for Family Caregivers