We all think we’re aware of the pain caused by Alzheimer’s disease, but unless you’ve watched a loved one’s memory fade away or acted as a caregiver to a dementia patient, you really don’t know what it feels like to watch someone you love disappear before your eyes. With the holiday season quickly approaching, it will be an even more painful time for many families who won’t have the ability to enjoy the festivities with their loved ones.
In 1983, President Ronald Reagan designated November as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. At the time, fewer than two million Americans had the disease. Today, nearly 6 million people are living with Alzheimer’s and more than 10 million are caring for a loved one with the disease according to an annual report released by the Alzheimer’s’ Association. The report also reveals that Alzheimer’s is the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S.
What many people don’t understand is that Alzheimer’s disease, a condition that affects cognition and memory, has an extremely devastating impact on the family members and caregivers of the person suffering from the disease. The Alzheimer’s Association also reported that in 2019, there were more than 16 million people who acted as caregivers, providing an estimated 18.5 billion hours of unpaid care.
Paying for care is a big concern as Alzheimer’s progresses. Not everyone has the time or the money to sacrifice in order to act as caregivers for Alzheimer’s patients. In addition, many homes lack the necessary safety precautions and medical supplies necessary to provide a safe environment for the person with dementia. With the rising costs of long-term care services, without proper planning, caring for an Alzheimer’s patient is very costly.
If you are caring for someone suffering from this horrible disease, it’s OK to ask for help. When you speak with one of our certified dementia practitioners who has dedicated their life to helping families like yours, you will feel a huge burden lifted from your shoulders. Our Elder Care Coordinators will help you through this; they will discuss your options for care for memory patients in your community.
Further, at Bratton Law, our elder law attorneys focus on the legal aspects of life care planning. We will make sure your family member’s needs will be taken care of — now and in the future. We will explain all of your options including Medicare, Medicaid, and other long-term care insurance, and will lay out the best course of action to ensure the best medical care while preserving hard-earned assets.
Contact Bratton Law today for a consultation about your family’s life care planning needs. We will meet with you to fully understand your family’s situation and work with you to create a care plan that effectively coordinates all of the various legal and health components. Call our office at 856-857-6007 to get started.