What do I need to look into if I need to put my spouse in some kind of care facility when I can no longer take adequate care of him? - AgingCare.com

What do I need to look into if I need to put my spouse in some kind of care facility when I can no longer take adequate care of him?

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I try to keep up with post the posts on this site, perhaps I have missed some in regards to my question. As I read some of these posts the questions they ask make me ask questions that I had not thought about. I have read some about POA and I have that in the works. Althou my husband is in the very early stages of dementia I want to be informed as much as possible. The question I asked may never come up in my situation, but would like to know how others have handled the finances of the extra money it takes to have to put one in a qualified care facility. Would I be able to keep my home or if I decided to sell it how would affect my situation. So many questions and perhaps I am jumping the gun so to speak but feel I need to start looking into the future IFS. I am sure there are numerous other things that will come up in the future that perhaps others can help me shed light on some of those things.

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What I did, on the advice of a social worker, was talk to an attorney who specializes in Elder Law. That professional will be able to spell out the options available to you. I was able to keep my husband home the entire 10 years, but that did not mean there was no financial burden involved. The sooner you start looking into how you are going to afford care (in-home or in a facility) the better prepared you'll be. And Elder Law is so complicated it is a specialty unto itself, and thinking you can do everything correctly without some professional guidance is not realistic.
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Find a good elder care attorney. There are things you need to do to protect yourself. You're wise to get right on this early. Don't wait.
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