Alzheimer’s disease can be tricky to diagnose. When a diagnosis is finally made, you will have challenging emotions to come to terms with and some difficult decisions to make. As you begin planning for your future memory care needs, you may wish to consult your loved ones, doctor, an attorney and a long-term care, planning consultant.
Get important documents drafted.
Alzheimer’s disease progresses very slowly. It is quite likely that you will be able to continue to make major financial, legal, and healthcare decisions for a long time. However, it is always best to err on the side of caution and make arrangements in advance. An estate planning attorney can provide guidance on the important documents you need to have drafted. These will likely include the following:
- Last will and testament
- Advance directive or living will
- Healthcare proxy designation
- Living trust
- Do not resuscitate order (DNR)
Make arrangements for your business.
If you own a business, you will need to consult a lawyer about the future of your company. If you are the sole owner of your company, then selling it when the time is right might be a fairly straightforward process. Or, you may wish to pass ownership of the company to other family members.
Consider your future living arrangements.
It is never too early to begin considering arrangements for your care. In the beginning stages of the disease, your family members may be able to provide all the care that is necessary. As your health condition and abilities decline, it will almost certainly be necessary to move to a memory care home. Make a list of the available memory care residencies in your area. Take your time touring the grounds before making your decision.
When it is time to begin planning for your future memory care needs, you will find the compassionate support you deserve at Avalon Memory Care. Call us at (214) 752-7050 to request a tour of our beautiful, home-like assisted living centers in Arlington, Irving or Houston. Our Alzheimer’s support professionals are carefully selected to ensure that each of our residents receives the utmost in respectful, dignified care.