Caring for Parents with Dementia in Columbia County
Our Certified Elder Law Attorneys Are Here to Help
It can be difficult for adult children when the roles begin to reverse and their aging parents require more care and assistance with daily activities. Some parents will struggle with the idea of accepting help, while others can become combative. But the situation is much more difficult when dementia is involved.
Not only is dementia a frightening thought for adult children as caregivers, but it can be terrifying to the parents who are facing this diagnosis. But there are compassionate and knowledgeable professionals who can help you navigate the uncharted waters that you and your family are facing. The Law Offices of Kreisher & Gregorowicz has been assisting neighbors in the central Pennsylvania area for over 40 years. Not only do we understand the legal implications of dealing with a parent’s dementia, but with four generations working at this law office, we also have a keen understanding of the family dynamic. We welcome your call at (570) 784-5211 to schedule a consultation at our office at 401 S. Market Street in Bloomsburg.
What Is Dementia?
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, dementia is not a single, specific disease. It is a term that describes a group of symptoms surrounding the decline of memory or other cognitive skills severe enough to impact a person’s ability to live independently. The issues can begin in a mild form but often expend to cognitive functions including memory, communication, and language, ability to focus or pay attention, reasoning and judgment, and even visual perception. As these issues worsen, a person with dementia needs care and assistance on a full-time basis.
Dementia is caused by damage to brain cells that interferes with their ability to communicate with each other. The result is a change in thinking, behavior, and even feelings. In many cases, memory problems are the first noticeable sign of dementia. Over time, other symptoms can appear and worsen. As frustrating as this can be for adult children, it is important to remember that your parent is dealing with the same frustration as well as a certain level of fear, in many cases.
Where to Begin
As with any medical issue, the earlier that you begin to prepare for the future, the easier the process will be for both you and your parent. Consulting with a certified elder law attorney (CELA) is a sound first step for everyone involved. The Law Offices of Kreisher & Gregorowicz is fortunate to have Marianne E. Kreisher and Marissa B. Marshall, the only CELAs in Columbia and Montour Counties. Our team is extremely knowledgeable about elder care law in Pennsylvania and familiar with vital resources and services available to meet the needs of both caregivers and elders facing dementia.
Why Begin Quickly
As an elderly person is forced to face the future with uncertainty, you can offer a great deal of comfort by planning for the future with your loved one’s input. Participating allows your parent to feel that he or she still has a certain amount of control and allows him or her to feel confident in knowing what is to come. Each person’s level of understanding will be different, and your parent’s interest level in this planning can vary, but offering the option to be involved can provide your parent with a feeling of security.
Marianne E. Kreisher and Marissa B. Marshall will be able to explain all of the aspects of legally caring for a parent who is facing dementia and outline some of the important steps that you should take in your planning process. Some of the items that you can address with their assistance include:
- Estate planning
- Asset protection
- Mental healthcare directives
- Home care
- A personal care home
- Wills and trusts
Facing a parent’s mortality is always difficult, but the added complication of a dementia can make the process even more painful. The highly qualified and empathetic certified elder law attorneys at the Law Offices of Kreisher & Gregorowicz are just a phone call away. Call (570) 784-5211 today to begin provisioning for your parent’s future.