If your parents are elderly, living in the Triangle or in your old hometown, but still in good to reasonably sound health, this is the critical time in their lives to start a future care plan with them. Schedule a family meeting so everyone is on the same page and is involved and supportive. You know you parents. You know their physical and mental condition. If they need help and guidance for their normal daily activities, the most important consideration is naming someone, possibly you or one of the siblings, the durable power of attorney and then putting together a solid plan for their health care directives.
Name someone responsible the Durable Power Of Attorney
This is the individual who will assist in financial matters and pay your elderly parents’ bills, collect and deposit their income and takes care of any other aspects of revenue. You’ll need to find all of your parents’ legal and financial documents and you must feel comfortable with you or someone assisting with their assets, income and expenses.
Here’s a list of documents to gather in one secure place:
- Bank and brokerage accounts
- Deeds, loans and ownership statements
- Pension and retirement benefits
- Social security information
- Insurance policies
Advanced health care directives
These directives help ensure that your parents’ health care requests are communicated to health care providers so you act as the guardian on their behalf. Advanced health care directives also include a living will that gives preferences for life-prolonging treatments such as the use of a respirator, CPR, dialysis, surgery and antibiotic drugs.
After all of the papers have been signed and notarized, be sure to make plenty of copies and keep the originals in a safe.
At Your Next Move we are a leading expert in the Triangle NC for compassionate and sound guidance when you are planning for your parents’ future care plan. Handing the details for them is a lot of work, but you will be saving so much time and stress if the financial, legal and health care matters are well-planned before a parental move into an assisted living facility or if there is a need for home service care.
Remember, we will help you every step of the way. We are local and we care.
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