If you are the family caregiver for an aging loved one, you may want to make sure he or she has some legal documents in order. Some of these documents are important and can help you perform your caregiving duties better. When providing home care, Mesa family caregivers should make sure the following legal papers are in order.
Durable Power of Attorney
A durable power of attorney allows family caregivers to act on behalf of their senior loved ones if they cannot act for themselves. It should not be confused with a power of attorney, which allows caregivers to act only in specific circumstances. A durable power of attorney grants the person named with the power to make all decisions, including medical and financial.
If your loved one can no longer take care of him or herself, you may need to go to the court and seek a conservatorship. Similar to a durable power of attorney, this document allows you to act on your loved one’s behalf.
A living will allows seniors to say whether they want to be put on life support should they stop breathing. When a living will or durable power of attorney documents are not prepared, the medical team must start life support under federal law. A living will ensures the senior’s decision about being put on life support is honored.
Some seniors do not prepare a will before passing away, which can leave families fighting for assets in court. To prevent future disputes, encourage your loved one to create a will.
Sometimes, preparing legal documents may require time and effort. If you’re worried about compromising your caregiver duties while tending to other work, let Home Care Assistance help you. We offer comprehensive senior care programs, including meal prep, transportation, and social stimulation, to boost your loved one’s health while you tend to other important work. To learn more about our high-quality live-in, respite, dementia, and Alzheimer’s home care in Mesa, AZ, get in touch with one of our friendly Care Managers today at (480) 699-4899.