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One reason to get a lawyer is if your dad is not competent to sign a POA. If a doctor says that he is not competent, then you will need a lawyer to file for guardianship so that someone has the authority to take care of financial and medical decisions.
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You don’t need to get a lawyer unless you think family problems will make you need one. You can call his doctor and tell them what’s going on. Have any of you sat down and talked with each other about what is best for Dad? His welfare is, after all, the most important thing to consider in all this. Your family may be having trouble accepting that Dad is not Superman and he is sick. Can you all study up on dementia so you all will know what to expect?

If you are the one caring for Dad, it is important that YOU and your hubby know what to expect. You know what you are seeing with Dad. You don’t need to convince anyone else as long as you know, and you know how to handle it. If, at some point, the rest of the family decides to accept it, that’s up to them.
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Thank You to everyone. I do not know level of dementia,all I know is doctor does not want him to be alone.I am getting a lot of information for this.Trying to take care of him.
Just not getting any help money wise. No P O A has been done.
Makes me mad.Like family is there for support but is not taking doctor serous. My husband wants to get a lawyer to get things done that is not. He is Amazing guy!
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Dear Sunshine,

I'm sorry to hear of your dad's dementia. It is overwhelming. To get more information or all your options talk his doctor, nurses or a social worker. There are many supports available in the community or through church. Lots of local agencies offering support to family and friends when coping with a loved one with dementia. I hope you are able to get the help you need.
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Where's sunshine? It's been 16 hours since she started this thread.
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When need to know what stage his dementia is in. We need to know what kind of advice his doctor has given you? We hope someone has Durable and Medical POA for him. If not, get it before he is declared incompetent. We also need to know does he have long term care insurance and does he have means to be spent on his care? We also need to know what is the perspective of the family? Do you have a united outlook or are you divided?
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We need more details about the situation before we can offer any advice. Can you repost and let us know what’s going on?
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