I hate to be the one to break it to you, but if you hadn't already gathered from the evening news, we live in a dangerous and wicked world. While it may take a village to raise our kids, and for our purposes, to care for those with dementia, how do we know which village or community of individuals to trust?
Can you trust your neighbors? Can you trust the people in the facility where your loved one with Alzheimer’s has been placed? If you fall ill or worse, what would happen to them? Who would step into your caregiving shoes?
That last question is especially crucial. A written will can help to quell fears that accompany the unknown.
Draw up a will
Planning for our children’s future is a no-brainer, but it’s equally important to create a will to protect an elderly parent or spouse who has Alzheimer’s disease. Speak with an attorney and outline a plan that will see your loved one into a future in which you’re no longer present.
Dying without a will leaves your loved one unprotected, as the state where you live would have the last say regarding your property. The state would decide how to distribute your personal property. A will gives a voice to your wishes so that assets are divided and distributed according to your desires.
Hire an estate attorney
A written will ensures that your wishes are carried out legally. It’s wise to hire an attorney who specializes in estate planning
. The job of an estate attorney differs from that of someone specializing in elder law. An estate law attorney recognizes and represents your wishes post-death. An