Comfort Keepers Assisted Living Professionals Share Legal Considerations for Seniors in Rapid City, SD
Follow these tips on getting your legal affairs in order from assisted living providers in Rapid City
Have you ever wondered how your parents have managed to accumulate so much stuff? Well, the older one gets, the more sentimental things they have. The issue with this is that all of these assets have to be kept secure and the last thing your loved one wants is to leave things unresolved. However, they may be needing some assistance or encouragement to get things started.
Over the course of the last two decades, we have been providing seniors across the country with assisted living services. Although we are dedicated to helping older adults maintain their independence however it best suits them, we have seen the benefits family members of older adults have when their affairs are in order.
While we will be there for your loved one at all times and whenever or however they need us, there are simply some things that should be done by family members and other loved ones. These things include powers of attorneys, living wills and instructions on end of life care. These things are simply better left as family affairs, however, they are difficult to talk about and even more difficult to carry out. It is our recommendation, as assisted living professionals, to find a way to talk to your loved one about getting their affairs in order, regardless of how healthy they are.
One of the first steps to take when getting one's affairs in order is to gather all of your loved one's belongings in one place. Important documents that may come in handy in a time of emergency include:
- birth certificates
- social security cards
- insurance and medical history information
- financial records
- loan and mortgage documentation
- living will
- advanced medical directives
- divorce papers
Making up a will is an absolute must. A will typically include an individual's final wishes. Although most individuals find making out a will particularly uncomfortable, it can prevent a lot of headaches for their loved ones.
Advanced directives are a good idea as well. In an advanced directive, a senior will outline arguably one of the most important things: who they want to make their medical decisions for them should they be unable to do so themselves. They will also outline which medical measures they want to be taken at which time.
Having a trust and power attorney will also greatly help as well.
To find out more about legal concerns, how to help your loved one, or about assisted living services in general, please give us a call today at (605) 277-1870.