Founding Father Benjamin Franklin famously advised, “Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.” I find his words are very apt in terms of when to start nursing home planning for a loved one with Alzheimer's or any other dementia-related disease.
Unfortunately, those who suffer from such diseases, including Alzheimer's, will often require nursing home care. Many people over 85 end up developing some form of dementia.
The attorneys at Darpel Elder Law often meet with clients whose parents or spouse have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's or another dementia-related disease. Nursing home planning during the disease's early stages allows us to discuss plenty of options on how best to care for the loved one while keeping the family financially solvent.
When a parent's or spouse's condition declines quickly and placement in a nursing home is imminent, it's still not too late to do some last-minute planning. A lot can be done, even at the eleventh hour, to protect a loved one's assets from having to be spent down.
Contact our experienced elder law attorneys soon to schedule an initial consultation.