Remember, having a Plan in place Before a Crisis, will mean you can manage the situation more calmly – with professionals alongside to help guide you.
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As parents grow older, a health crisis can often highlight the need for family members to become involved in making elder care decisions for a loved one. According to the Caregiving in the U.S. Report, 66% of family caregivers report having significant decision-making authority on behalf of their care recipient. For elderly parents to receive the care they need several factors need to be considered, starting with establishing an accurate picture of their care needs.
There is little doubt that estate planning can be a difficult and complex endeavor, which is why people put off creating an estate plan for many reasons. Some do so because they don’t want to face their own mortality while others simply find the prospect intimidating and confusing. Unfortunately, a recent Caring.com study shows that even fewer people are engaging in estate planning than were a few short years ago.
Should I Consent to My Ward/Loved One Getting Vaccinated?
Keep in mind that you are obligated to consult your ward and apply the substituted judgment standard; that means making the decision based on their previously expressed wishes and values, not what you or their physician thinks is best for them. If your ward is capable of being involved in the decision-making process, then you must consult with them and give them a simple explanation regarding the risks and benefits. If you are not aware of your ward’s wishes regarding vaccines, you should consider their values and thoughts on medical intervention in general and weigh the risks and benefits of vaccination in light of your ward’s values and their personal situation.
If you have adult children, do they know how much money you make, how much you have tucked away, and how much you spend each year?
It is quite common that adult children are caught unaware or without access to funds when tragedy strikes. When a parent's finances are revealed only after death, or when a debilitating illness strikes, the responsibility can place a lot of stress on the offspring.
Simple, essential steps for putting your affairs in order
The steady drone of coronavirus news this year has spurred countless older Americans to face a long-procrastinated task: writing — or rewriting — their wills. A 2016 Gallup poll found that more than 30 percent of people 65 and older and more than 40 percent of people ages 50 through 64, do not have a will. The main reasons people stall, according to Caring.com? Most say they haven't gotten around to it, or they don't have enough assets to leave to anyone.
Many questions are being asked as the coronavirus crisis confronts our communities, raising uncertainty, isolation, and the risk of illness. During this health crisis, we are all concerned with ensuring that we will receive the medical care we need and want.
Here at Tacoma Elder Care we want to provide you with some important tips to ensure you will be prepared regardless of what might happen to you or your loved ones.