As your parents age, you will undoubtedly notice differences in how they function. There may be subtle changes such as getting tired more quickly or not driving as well. However, there can also be more alarming signs that your parents are having trouble, such as not keeping up with household tasks. Adult children can have a hard time convincing their parents that it may be time to let someone else take care of their daily needs, but it may be necessary. Here are some reasons why conservatorship may be useful when aging parents cannot do regular chores.
According to a recent report by the Alzheimer’s Association, an estimated 5.8 million American citizens have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. Further, the brain changes of Alzheimer’s may begin approximately 20 years before symptoms appear. Sometimes, by the time someone with this or another type of dementia is diagnosed, his or her symptoms may have advanced to the point that they can no longer care for their health or handle their financial affairs. According to the Mayo Clinic, signs of dementia can include symptoms such as memory loss, problems managing complex tasks, problem-solving issues, impaired abilities to plan and organize routine tasks, and confusion.
When parents who used to keep a clean and orderly home are not washing dishes or clothing, it may be because of cognitive impairment. If you see these or other concerning behaviors, it is vital that your parents be examined by a physician as soon as possible. If they are diagnosed with advanced dementia, obtaining a California conservatorship can be a means to ensure your parents’ medical and physical needs are met and that their financial interests are protected.
If your parents are not keeping up with their home, it’s probable that they are also not doing things such as handling repairs, scheduling routine maintenance, going grocery shopping, preparing healthy meals, paying their bills, and attending to personal hygiene. Having the probate court appoint someone to be your parents’ conservator can remove the burden of these personal care responsibilities. Likewise, not having to attend to personal finance matters may also be a relief to your parents. Obtaining a conservatorship of the person and the estate will allow your parents to focus on enjoying time with family and other activities without having to worry about attending to these tasks.
At the Law Offices of Alice A. Salvo, we are knowledgeable and experienced California elder law, conservatorship, and probate attorneys with the experience you need to plan for your parents’ care. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.