When an adult cannot manage his or own affairs for financial or personal matters, a guardian may be necessary. Generally a guardianship can be avoided when the person has planned ahead with appropriate powers of attorney for financial and health care matters. Here is the North Carolina procedure for appointing a guardian, under North Carolina Read more
You may be able to deduct a portion…or even all…of what you or a family members pays for assisted living costs. You probably know that medical expenses, including some long-term care expenses, are deductible if the expenses are more than 10 percent of your adjusted gross income. (For taxpayers 65 and older, this threshold is Read more
Caregivers for loved ones with Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s: understand the journey ahead and possible help available. Act soon after getting the diagnosis or risk going broke. Here’s a good place to start in North Carolina. Go…
You already know that caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s is hard. As a caregiver, you’re facing challenges that you never expected. As your loved one can no longer remember how to do simple tasks that once were taken for granted, you’re wondering what’s next. Now getting through the day is an obstacle course Read more
For families caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s you may feel lost and uncertain. This North Carolina Alzheimer’s Resource Center is designed to provide helpful information for families dealing with chronic illness of a loved one, so you can learn your legal and care options, and make better decisions.
Alzheimer’s has no known cure. No rehabilitation. Other chronic and progressive illnesses, such as other dementias, Parkinson’s, ALS and even severe arthritis, have similar paths and long-term care concerns.
Smart families consider the available benefits to provide the best long-term care for their loved ones without straining their savings in these difficult and unpredictable times. Often the right plan will include having in place important documents naming an agent for health care and financial decisions, as well as simplifying financial issues. Learning care strategies to deal with some of the difficult behaviors that can result from the disease will allow you to keep your loved one safer and at home longer. You also need to learn options about government benefits for long-term care. If you do not qualify for government benefits (such as Veterans benefits or Medicaid Medical Assistance) then you’ll have to pay privately for long-term care. Without the right help, you may end up wiping out your life savings in two or three years (or less).
Our Alzheimer’s Resource Center is here to help. You’ll find an invaluable resources for families struggling with the many challenges Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, Parkinson’s and other chronic illness can present. The most important advice is to take action, and get the right help. There is hope to help you and your family along this journey.