Alzheimer’s and Dementia Planning in New Jersey
Not All Planning is Created Equal
If there is a dementia diagnosis in your family, it is important that you don’t travel this journey alone. When you are making a plan to pay for the care of your loved one, you must remember that not all disability documents are created equal and it is so important that you prepare for what is to come. This means being sure the language used in your legal documents includes provisions for cognitive issues should you have to make decisions on your loved one’s behalf when they are not able to do so. Call us today to discuss your next steps. We will help you pave the road to your peace of mind, and be with you every step of the way.
What is Alzheimer’s disease?
Alzheimer’s disease is defined as a progressive brain disorder that gradually destroys memory and the ability to learn, reason, make judgments, communicate, and carry out daily activities. As the disease progresses, those diagnosed with the disease may experience changes in expressions and personality. These changes can be exhibited as paranoia, anxiety, agitation, hallucinations, or delusions.
Early detection is critical as medical intervention may be available to slow the progression of the disease. Talk with your physician about diagnostic testing and treatment options.
What is Dementia?
Dementia is an overall term for diseases and conditions characterized by a decline in memory, language, problem-solving and other thinking skills that affect a person’s ability to perform everyday activities. Memory loss is an example. Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia. One of the most important things you can do is to be sure to get a proper diagnosis. Not all treatment is the same and the diagnosis is the first step.
At Van Dyck Law Group, we can:
- Help you plan ahead for long-term care expenses
- Estimate the cost of care and provide asset protection from the cost of nursing home or in-home care
- Prepare your legal documents
- Assist you in learning about the available resources in your community and guide you through the process of senior living placement
- Provide disease education on:
- Stages of the disease
- Communication needs
- Expression interventions
- Avoiding and managing caregiver stress
- Grief and loss
- Discussions with loved ones
- Empowering your loved one to stay as independent as possible for as long as possible
- Provide resources for you if you are choosing to care for your loved one at home
- Connect you with our Director of Life Care Resources to learn how to manage expressions in the home and communicate with your loved one who has dementia
- Provide you with ongoing support through your journey