Minnesota families caring for an elderly and vulnerable adult would be wise to take the appropriate legal steps to ensure that their loved one is cared for and protected. Older individuals may face a myriad of complex legal concerns, but being proactive may allow your family to avoid legal and financial complications in the future.
The "right to die" is an increasingly common trope in elder law around the world. In the Netherlands, assisted suicide is legal for people experiencing "unbearable suffering" and with no chance of improvement. Most of those to take advantage of the law are in the late stages of a terminal disease -- but not all.
As we have learned more about dementia over the last few decades, most of the news has not been good. We have heard that dementia is playing a larger role in our elders' lives, mostly because they are living longer than ever before. And while we are gaining insights into the medical causes and effects of dementia, there is still no cure.
One of the most emotional decisions you will make in your lifetime is placing your elderly parent in a nursing home. Choosing a nursing home that fits your parent's needs can be an overwhelming decision. Will he or she be happy there? Will the staff take good care of them? After researching what to look for in a nursing home, you make the decision and feel comfortable with it. You put your faith and trust in the nursing home and staff to have your parent's best interests at heart.