Legal Considerations for Homecare Services
Being legally informed is the best way to prepare your loved one for senior homecare services
When the time comes to think about homecare services for your loved one, you may become overwhelmed with the sheer amount of information you need to consider before opting for the best option. However, while exploring various home care solutions, it is important to take legal considerations into account as well. Namely, ensuring that your loved one’s legal affairs are in perfect order can allow not just your loved one to have peace of mind in terms of their future but also help you and other family members respect and act according to their wishes.
When considering legal issues prior to choosing homecare services, you should focus on legal documents related to care and treatments, as well as finances and inheritance. Here are some of the documents your loved may want to create:
- Living will, which can contain instructions and guidelines about the type and level of care your loved one wishes to receive in the future. It guarantees that their wishes regarding care will be respected no matter what.
- Durable power of attorney, which allows you or other family members to make care-related decisions instead of your loved one. It is usually used when a senior cannot make sensible decisions for themselves, whether due to mental or physical incapacity.
If a senior doesn’t have a living will or durable power of attorney, a court can appoint a guardian or conservator that can decide instead of the senior if they cannot do it themselves. A guardian can make decisions about homecare services, treatments, medical emergencies, and more. A conservator, on the other hand, is responsible for handling the senior’s finances.
Another crucial document your loved one may want to create is a will, which can enable them to decide who will inherit their personal assets after death. Having a will ensures that the senior’s wishes are respected after they have passed on, also preventing many legal problems and conflicts among family members.
As unexpected situations can happen anytime, it is significant that your loved one gathers all their important documents in one place, sharing their location with a trusted family member. Some of the documents your loved one should collect and safely store include:
- Medical history
- Tax returns
- Social security records
- Information about insurance
- Funeral pre-arrangements
The guidelines above are for reference purposes only and your loved one should talk to their lawyer prior to making any kind of legal arrangement. If you or your loved one needs any help with legal issues, Comfort Keepers homecare services are at your disposal. For any questions, please give us a call today at (847) 250-9179! We are happy to help!