Financial & Legal Concerns
Dementia is the fifth leading cause of death among older Americans, and over half of nursing home and assisted living residents are impacted by it. Every person’s journey with Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias is different. Hospice offers patients and their families support and care to comprehensively address all sources of suffering and focus on the needs of the patient and family rather than on the disease.
People with dementia often have increasing difficultly managing their personal finances. This is often among the first signs noticed by caregivers that something is wrong. Early in the disease, people with dementia may have trouble or need more time than usual coming...
Legal arrangements documenting current and future plans should be made for all older people, including those with dementia. Legal issues to be addressed include naming beneficiaries in a will and deciding when and why medical treatment should be stopped.
Planning Ahead Putting financial and legal plans in place now allows the person with dementia to express wishes for future care and decisions. It also allows time to work through the complex issues involved in long-term care.
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