Legal Considerations: Getting Prepared for Senior Care Services in Portland, OR
Comfort Keepers helps families identify important legal considerations and documents to have prepared for companion care services
When you start considering companion care for your senior loved one, it is important to familiarize yourself with some legal matters as well. Making sure that your aging parent or relative’s legal affairs are in order can allow you and other family members to respect their wishes for the future in terms of care, treatments, and inheritance.
To begin with, your senior loved one should think about making a living will and/or appointing a durable power of attorney. A living will can feature instructions and guidelines about future care, which can give your loved one peace of mind that they will receive the type of care they wish no matter what. A durable power of attorney, on the other hand, can allow family members to make decisions about care instead of their loved one.
If a senior doesn’t have their wishes stated in a legal document, a court can also appoint a guardian or conservator that can make decisions for the senior in case they are not able to do it themselves. A guardian can, for example, choose what type of care the senior will receive, where they will live, and what kind of treatments they can receive in case of medical emergencies. A conservator can make financial decisions instead of the senior.
To be fully prepared for any unexpected situation, your loved one should know where all their legal documents are, including medical history, tax returns, social security records, insurance information, funeral prearrangements, assets, and more. Companion care experts recommend that seniors keep all these documents in one secure place and inform someone they trust where they can find the documents in case of an emergency. It is also a good idea to give copies of the will, advance directives, and trust documents to a dependable family member.
The listed guidelines are for reference purposes only, so your loved one should consult with their lawyer before making any legal arrangements.
If you or your aging parent or relative need help with legal matters, Comfort Keepers can help. Give us a call today to discuss legal considerations or learn more about our companion care programs. We are here for you!