When the time arises to make a decision about long-term healthcare, three steps should be taken.
First, be sure that the family member facing care has an updated power of attorney and living will. Second, develop a financial plan with an attorney. Finally, work closely with the attorney regarding bills and asset transfers.
Many people can find themselves in a position where they need to help their parents prepare for life changes that can include the need for significant in-home healthcare or a move to a nursing home or assisted living facility. The impetus that can prompt that process could be an illness, a fall, a car accident or a sequence of small challenges like repeated, significant absentmindedness or inappropriate comments or actions.
The tight-knit nature of the families in the Midwest can motivate people to try to care for their loved ones themselves. But, even if someone is a medical professional, the toll of being a caretaker for a loved one usually, eventually becomes mentally and physically overwhelming, particularly after a couple months.
Read Lee’s full article about making decisions regarding nursing home care in the Lima News here: Legal-Ease: What to do when facing a nursing home decision
Source: LimaOhio.com, “Legal-Ease: What to do when facing a nursing home decision,” by Lee R. Schroeder, May 11, 2019
Lee R. Schroeder is an Ohio licensed attorney at Schroeder Law LLC in Putnam County. He limits his practice to business, real estate, estate planning and agriculture issues in northwest Ohio. He can be reached at Lee@LeeSchroeder.com or at 419-659-2058. This article is not intended to serve as legal advice, and specific advice should be sought from the licensed attorney of your choice based upon the specific facts and circumstances that you face.