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4 Legal Documents Family Caregivers Should Know About

By Melissa Hill, 9:00 am on

Caring for an aging loved one can be a challenging task. Caregivers are often unaware of the last rights of their loved ones, which leads to confusion at the time of their passing. A leading Oklahoma home care organization discusses a few legal documents family caregivers should encourage their loved ones to prepare.

1. Durable Power of Attorney

A durable power of attorney allows the family caregiver to act in the event the senior becomes incompetent. The document allows family caregivers to manage medical, financial, and other decisions. It should not be confused with the power of attorney, which only lets the caregiver act in extremely limited circumstances.

2. Conservatorship

If the senior is already incompetent, the family caregiver may have to go to court to be appointed as the loved one’s conservator. Conservatorship allows the caregiver to act in the senior’s best interest. However, the family caregiver needs to be aware of the documents he or she must keep since each decision must ultimately be approved by the court.

3. Health Directive

The family caregiver can also consider talking to the senior loved one about signing a health directive. This document allows the senior to state whether or not he or she wants life support. It can also be set up to decide other medical decisions if the senior chooses. In some states, health directive is also called a living will.

4. Will

A written will allows seniors to decide how their assets will be divided once they’re gone. This document can also appoint a person to overlook the dissolution of assets in accordance with the will.

Preparing these documents requires time and effort, and it may be difficult for you to leave your loved one alone. In this case, it is advisable to hire professional caregivers. When it comes to respite, live-in, dementia, and Alzheimer’s care, Oklahoma families place their trust on Home Care Assistance. Our caregivers are professionally trained and can offer comprehensive support for your loved one while you take care of his or her legal matters. To learn more about our customized care plans, get in touch with one of our knowledgeable Care Managers today at 405-285-4191.