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Legal Documents Family Caregivers Need to Know About

By Lauren Robison, 9:00 am on

Some seniors do not have all of their legal affairs in order. If you’re caring for a senior family member, there are a few documents you may have to encourage him or her to prepare. As a leading provider of in-home elder care, New Hampshire Home Care Assistance believes it’s important for family caregivers to discuss a few important legal documents with their loved ones.

Durable Power of Attorney

As a family caregiver, you can advise your loved one to prepare a durable power of attorney. This allows you to act in place of him or her when he or she can no longer make sound decisions about important matters.

Conservatorship

If your loved one has Alzheimer’s, you may have to go to the court and ask the judge to appoint you a conservator over him or her. This gives you the power to make decisions on your loved one’s behalf, under the court’s supervision. It’s better to be appointed as a conservator during the initial stages of your senior loved one’s Alzheimer’s. 

Living Will 

Creating a living will is important for medical reasons. The document is an instruction to all concerned whether the senior wants to be put on life support or not. It is also known as a health directive.  

Will 

Family caregivers need to encourage their senior loved ones to write a will. This legal paper can ensure your loved one’s assets are divided in the same manner he or she would want after passing away.

Preparing legal documents requires time and effort. If you’re looking for some time to put documents together, you can rely on respite caregivers at Home Care Assistance to help your loved one manage daily activities. We provide a range of senior care services designed to help seniors boost their health and wellbeing while their family caregivers tend to other important work. For professional live-in, hourly, Alzheimer’s, and dementia care, New Hampshire residents can call (603) 471-3004.