It is important to have a plan in case of your own illness, disability, or death.
• Consult a lawyer about setting up a living trust, durable power of attorney for health care and fi nances, and other estate planning tools.
Consult with family and close friends to decide who would take responsibility for the person with Alzheimer’s. You also may want to seek information about your local public guardian’s offi ce, mental health conservator’s offi ce, adult protective services, or other case management services. Th ese organizations may have programs to assist the person with Alzheimer’s in your absence.
• Maintain a notebook for the responsible person who will assume caregiving. Such a notebook should contain the following information:
• emergency phone numbers • current problem behaviors and possible solutions • ways to calm the person with Alzheimer’s
• assistance needed with toileting, feeding, or grooming
• favorite activities or food
• Preview long-term care facilities in your community and select a few as possibilities. Share this information with the responsible person. If the person with Alzheimer’s disease is no longer able to live at home, the responsible person will be better able to carry out your wishes for longterm care. For more information on planning, contact the Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center at 1-800-438-4380 or www.nia.nih.gov/alzheimers for more information on planning for health, legal, and fi nancial matters.
Source: National Institute on Aging; portions provided by Informed Eldercare Decsions in association with IlluminAge. 2014