Posts Tagged ‘dementia’

Article 110-Estate Planning Series: How Can We Care for the Caregivers?

Written by Wright Law on . Posted in Estate Planning, Long Term Care

Imagine you are responsible for the care of a spouse or parent with dementia.  He does not recognize you.   He needs help dressing or toileting, but his innate modesty causes him to fight attempts to help.  In fact, occasionally he reacts aggressively or even violently.  He is otherwise physically healthy, and may remain in this condition for years to come.

This example is all too real for many caregivers.  And they are exhausted. 

Article 99-Estate Planning Series: How Should You Help Your Aging Parent?

Written by Wright Law on . Posted in Estate Planning, Long Term Care, Will

It is not uncommon for me to receive a call from an adult child concerned about a parent’s decreasing ability to care for him or herself.  Circumstances often require assistance the child does not have the ability to provide.

Without sufficient assistance, bad things can happen.   It only takes an instant for an aging parent to fall.  One third of seniors will fall each year (longtermcare.gov).  Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries for seniors, and often lead to a new series of health issues.  By age 75, a fall is four times more likely to result in admittance to a skilled nursing facility.

Article 69-Estate Planning Series: This is How You Can Make a Difference

Written by Wright Law on . Posted in Estate Planning, Long Term Care

They call it a “virtual dementia” tour.  For a ten to fifteen-minute period, I was placed in an environment designed to simulate the effects of dementia.    People living with dementia often appear docile, giving the impression that dementia is somehow a serene experience.   My experience was anything but serene. 

Even though my mind re-acclimated within a few minutes, my body was still trying to make sense of the experience.  I felt out of breath, even though I had done nothing strenuous.  I left with a greater sensitivity for those who live with dementia, and for their caregivers.

Article 28-Estate Planning Series: Qualifying for Medicaid Assistance – Part 3 – Financial Necessity

Written by Wright Law on . Posted in Estate Planning, Long Term Care

To receive Medicaid assistance for long term care, a senior must show financial need.  In some cases, significant financial decisions are made with the intent to qualify for Medicaid. Unfortunately, due to misinformation or misunderstanding, those decisions can have the opposite effect.  I previously gave the example of a couple who thought they had to get a divorce in case one of them needed to qualify for Medicaid.  As I hope you will come to see, this would have been exactly the wrong thing to do.

Article 19-Estate Planning Series: Caregivers – The Forgotten Cost Of Long Term Care

Written by Wright Law on . Posted in Estate Planning

Imagine you are responsible for the care of a spouse or parent with dementia.  He does not recognize you.   He needs help dressing or toileting, but his innate modesty causes him to fight attempts to help.  In fact, occasionally he reacts aggressively or even violently.  He is otherwise physically healthy, and may remain in this condition for years to come.

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