Seniorcare & Legal Considerations In Wailesha, WI, and Surrounding Areas
Find out how senior care can help your loved one get their affairs in order.
Legal considerations are not exactly a light topic. Not many people like talking or thinking about them, particularly those pertaining to emergency situations, hospitals and the possibility of death. However, certain legal considerations, if taken care of on time, can make things so much easier for everyone involved. Seniorcare professionals in Southeastern Milwaukee, WI highly recommend that you have these discussions with your senior loved one as early as possible.
One of the most important considerations in selecting a healthcare proxy. This person will be responsible for making medical decisions for your loved one if they are otherwise incapacitated. Talk at length with your loved one before they make the decision, provide them with all the support they need and make sure they are choosing someone that will follow their wishes. This person will be most efficiently able to carry out their wishes if they too believe in the same things like your loved one. In other words, they should have similar values and outlooks and perceive matters related to life and death very much the same way. This does not necessarily have to be a close family member and in fact, it often is not.
Your loved one should also have a medical directive. This will make life much easier for their proxy who will know what to do in the event that your loved one needs life support, a feeding tube, or intravenous fluids to survive. Having a will that clearly outlines your loved one's property is very important as well. Death is a pleasant topic for no one, but having a will can prevent disagreements among family members and your loved one may rest assured knowing that their assets will go to the people they love after they are gone.
In the event of a medical emergency, you should also have several documents in one place and readily accessible. These documents should include the following: birth certificate, social security records, health, and life insurance information, including policy numbers, names, and addresses of primary care physician and medical specialists as well as medical history, special arrangements made for health care, including advance directives, funeral prearrangements, Medicare documents, trust documents, will, sources of income and assets, bank statements and safe deposit box locations, mortgage papers, investment records, negotiable securities, credit card information, most recent income tax return, loan papers, military discharge papers, marriage license, and divorce papers.
Give the senior care professionals at Comfort Keepers Home Care in Waukesha, WI a call today at (414) 209-5808 to learn more about legal considerations and more. We are happy to answer your questions anytime.