When Illness Hits Too Close to Home

Written by Louis Waple & Lindsey Houk on 11/7/2016

With all eyes on the coverage of the upcoming elections, it is easy to get sidetracked from other events going on in the month of November.  One, in particular, hits very close to home for me personally.  In 1983, President Ronald Reagan designated November as National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month.  

The National Alzheimer’s Association works on a local and national level to enhance knowledge and gather support for those affected by Alzheimer’s and their families.  
My grandfather was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and, I can say from personal experience, it is a heartbreaking process to watch someone that you love dearly lose their memory and later all of their ability to function and perform day-to-day tasks that we all take for granted.  When a family member faces this type of illness or a variety of other illnesses, the other members of the family have to step in and begin making very difficult decisions.  Is home health care an option? Is placement in a 24-hour facility a better alternative?  Is there someone who can care for them day to day?  Do we have the ability to take care of them?  Do they have the funds for placement?  Who will pay their bills while these decisions are being made?  

Every family facing this type of crisis may have a different solution that would work best for their loved one.  With all of the options available, there may be disagreement among the family members concerning the right path to travel.   You can trust the attorneys at Waple & Houk to guide your family through the difficult questions, engage in efforts to create a dialogue among everyone involved and advocate to find a solution that serves your loved one’s best interest.  After all, their health and well-being are of the utmost importance to you and, as a result, our ultimate goal is the best long-term care and easiest transition for the ones that you love.