Pyke & Associates, P.C. is here to help families and patients in the aftermath of an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Alzheimer’s is a progressive condition which people may suffer from for years. It can affect not only the patient, but the lives of family members and caregivers. Getting help to respond to this serious condition is important because there are legal and financial issues which must be addressed as soon as possible to best protect the patient.
The Atlanta Alzheimer’s planning lawyers at Pyke & Associates, P.C. can provide assistance from day one of your diagnosis. We will offer advice on the planning steps you need to take, which many people are not fully aware of. We can also assist you with handling any legal issues that arise after the diagnosis. Give us a call at 770-507-2500 to find out about how we can create a personalized plan for you and your family and to get answers to questions including:
- What should I do after a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s?
- What tools can I use to address the legal issues that arise with an Alzheimer’s diagnosis?
- How can a Georgia Alzheimer’s planning lawyer help?
What Should I Do After a Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s?
After a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, it is important to explore resources and support systems which are in place for both patients and caregivers. It is also essential to make sure a patient’s affairs are in order. Some of the issues which will need to be addressed include:
- Will the patient be cared for at home, or in a nursing home setting? If the patient will be provided with care at home, it may be beneficial to look into adult daycare, respite care for caregivers, and other programs aimed at making home care easier.
- How will costs of care be covered? If a patient requires nursing home care or costly home healthcare services, Medicare and private insurance may not cover this care. Medicare doesn’t pay for routine custodial nursing home care, but provides coverage only if skilled medical services are necessary. This means a patient could be forced to spend private funds until qualifying for Medicaid. Some of these funds and some assets can be protected by creating a Medicaid plan.
- What will happen when a patient is no longer able to manage his own affairs? A person with Alzheimer’s is going to become unable to manage his own assets or make his own medical decisions as the disease progresses. It is best if the patient makes a plan for who will take control over his assets and decision making before becoming incapacitated.
- What will happen when the patient passes away? Patients can plan for their legacy while they are still of sound mind and before the condition progresses. You can make provisions to ensure your heirs are cared for and to protect the assets that you have.
You may have other issues specific to your family and financial situation. An experienced Alzheimer’s planning lawyer can discuss your circumstances with you and help you to understand all of the different steps to take to protect yourself, your assets, and your family members after a diagnosis.
What Tools Can Be Used to Protect Patients After an Alzheimer’s Diagnosis?
There are a variety of different tools which an attorney can help patients and their family to use. For example, Pyke & Associates, P.C. will assist you with:
- Creating advanced directives such as a living will to express your wishes for the types of medical care you do, and do not, wish to receive.
- Naming a healthcare proxy who can make your choices for you when a decision must be made on care and you can no longer make it.
- Creating a power of attorney to manage assets when you are no longer able to care for your own property and investments.
- Using trusts to protect assets, to qualify for Medicaid coverage of a nursing home without spending down your wealth, and to protect your heirs.
- Creating a last will and testament to determine who should inherit money and property after you pass away.
Pyke & Associates, P.C. understands all of the different tools which you can use to respond to an Alzheimer’s diagnosis by getting your affairs in order.
How can a Georgia Alzheimer’s Planning Lawyer Help?
It is important to act quickly after an Alzheimer’s diagnosis so you and your family can make plans while the patient is still of sound mind. Contact an Atlanta Alzheimer’s planning lawyer at 770-507-2500 or contact us online to find out what Pyke & Associates, P.C. can do for you.