The CEO of The Cottages talks about creating an Alzheimer’s action plan.
Frisco, TX, Sept. 30, 2017 – A positive diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease may come as a shock to the person and all loved ones involved. Once that initial jolt wears off, however, it is possible for a loved one living with Alzheimer’s disease in its earlier stages to regain some control by taking an active role in preparing for the future. By putting an “action plan” into place, a loved one can create a valuable gift for family while paving the way for necessary support down the road.
“Empowering a loved one to take an active role in creating an action for the future gives them valuable control over decisions that are likely to impact their lives profoundly in the coming months and years,” says Trent Quinn, founder, president and CEO of The Cottages. “It also provides family members the peace of mind that comes from knowing a loved one’s wishes have been honored as symptoms begin to take their toll.”
An action plan may vary based on personal circumstances and needs, but these points may prove important to consider:
- Getting paperwork in order – During the earliest stages of Alzheimer’s disease a loved one may be perfectly capable of taking care of legal and financial paperwork. Putting together a will, power of attorney, insurance documents, mortgage papers and other issues paves the road for family to address these issues when necessary.
- Creating a support team – People living with Alzheimer’s disease may not require much assistance initially, but that is likely to change. Assembling a team of healthcare workers, support providers and caregivers in advance can ensure proper care and guidance when it is needed the most. Aside from family, a well-rounded team may include doctors, a geriatric care manager, an elder law attorney and financial planner, among other experts.
- Selecting long-term care options – One of the most difficult decisions for family members to make involves long-term care when symptoms progress. By selecting a residential care setting in advance, after performing research and conducting visits, loved ones can make it easier for their families to address this concern when it becomes necessary.
“By taking an active role in planning for the future, people living with Alzheimer’s disease regain some control while providing their families with a detailed blue print to follow later,” says Quinn. “A detailed plan provides the peace of mind that comes from knowing a loved one’s wishes have been followed.”
For more information about The Cottages and the services it provides, visit it online at Alzcottages.com.
About The Cottages
The Cottages is dedicated to care for those with Alzheimer’s disease and other memory disorders. The Cottage concept provides a home-like environment tailored to meet individual needs based on physical, mental and emotional needs. The Cottages offers all-inclusive pricing with no level of care charges and all care and services are included. The Cottages currently has locations in Frisco, Round Rock, League City and Amarillo, Texas. The Cottages has been operating in Texas since 1997 and is family owned and operated by The Cottages Senior Living.
Learn more about Alzheimer’s disease and The Cottages difference at www.alzcottages.com