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The power of attorney document allows a person (called the principal) to name another individual (called an attorney-in-fact or agent), usually a trusted family member, domestic partner or friend, to... more
The power of attorney document allows a person (called the principal) to name another individual (called an attorney-in-fact or agent), usually a trusted family member, domestic partner or friend, to make financial and other decisions when the person with dementia is no longer able. The agent should be chosen carefully; it is recommended that this individual have a thorough conversation with the principal about what the responsibility entails. In addition, a successor agent or agents should be named in the event the original agent is unavailable or unwilling to serve. With regard to individuals with dementia, power of attorney documents should be written so that they are 'durable', meaning that they are valid even after the principal is incapacitated and can no longer make decisions. Power of attorney does not give the appointed person (agent) the authority to override the decision making of the person with dementia (principal). The person with dementia maintains the right to make his or her own decisions — as long as he or she has legal capacity — even if the decisions are not what others believe are good decisions. The agent is authorized to manage and make decisions about the income and the assets of the principal. This agent is responsible for acting according to the instructions, and in the best interests, of the principal.
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Vanessa Terzian
Vanessa Terzian
Estate Planning Attorney

This is a great opportunity to be proactive. There are two essential documents anyone should have that relate to legal and medical issues if one becomes incapacitated:power of attorney for finance: this document names a person or persons to make financial decisions for you in the event you are... more

We at Care Giving Answers strive to provide helpful and...  (more)We at Care Giving Answers strive to provide helpful and relevant information to senior citizens and their families and loved ones. The material provided through our site is made available for informational purposes only. In no way should users of our site rely or act upon any information provided herein without seeking appropriate professional advice (medical, legal or financial). Users should independently verify the accuracy, completeness and relevance for their specific purposes. The information provided through our site is not intended to constitute professional advice and in no way forms or constitutes a professional-client relationship of any kind.
Vanessa Terzian
Vanessa Terzian
Estate Planning Attorney

I am so sorry to hear about your grandmother, but from a legal standpoint, you would want to find out if your grandma has a Advance Health Care Directive (AHCD), which is a legal document that names an agent to make medical decisions on her behalf. You would want to discuss her wishes regarding... more

We at Care Giving Answers strive to provide helpful and...  (more)We at Care Giving Answers strive to provide helpful and relevant information to senior citizens and their families and loved ones. The material provided through our site is made available for informational purposes only. In no way should users of our site rely or act upon any information provided herein without seeking appropriate professional advice (medical, legal or financial). Users should independently verify the accuracy, completeness and relevance for their specific purposes. The information provided through our site is not intended to constitute professional advice and in no way forms or constitutes a professional-client relationship of any kind.