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Elder care planning vital after dementia diagnoses

Watching a loved one's mental state decline can be an immensely difficult experience. Though many Delaware residents want to do what they can to care for those loved ones, it is not always possible, and professional care may be needed. As a result, legal and financial hurdles for those with dementia need addressing.

It is common for individuals with Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia to need nursing home care. Unfortunately, that care can cost thousands of dollars each month. Additionally, the mental capacity of the person often declines rapidly. As a result, family members may be left to handle the expenses and necessary decisions relating to the situation. Of course, in order for loved ones to make decisions on behalf of another person, the right legal documents need to be in place.

If a person has recently been diagnosed, he or she may still have enough mental capacity to create important documents like a power of attorney. Additionally, an early diagnosis may help individuals plan for how the care will be paid for. Multiple options exist and could include help from insurance, Medicaid or other available options.

Understandably, this type of planning can be overwhelming, especially if a person has recently received a difficult diagnosis of dementia. Still, it is important to have plans in place to help lessen the possible struggles ahead. Delaware residents interested in getting started on their elder law plans may want to consult with knowledgeable attorneys about the tools that could help them make the preparations they need and want for their specific cases.

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