Powers of attorney are one aspect of elder care that gives an entrusted representative the ability to make medical and financial decisions about another person. If you have a loved one who is getting older and their mental or physical health is declining, acquiring power of attorney documents may prove to be invaluable.

Elder Care 101: Helping a Loved One Make a Power of Attorney

The Two Types

There are two main types of powers of attorney that you may want to acquire to complete your loved one’s elder care plan. The first is a medical power of attorney, and the second is a financial power of attorney. Like their names suggest, a medical power of attorney gives you the ability to make medical decisions for another person, and a financial power of attorney gives you the power to make financial decisions for another person who is unable to make them on their own.

If Your Loved One Resists

If you believe that your loved one will resist this aspect of elder care, you will want to carefully consider the way you approach this subject with him or her. To start off the conversation, you should explain to your loved one why obtaining a medical and financial power of attorney is important. If they still resist after this conversation, do not force them to sign a power of attorney.

In some situations, your loved one may be too incapacitated to sign a power of attorney document. If this is the case, turn to us at Northpointe Law Group to find out if naming a guardian or conservator may be a viable option.