Many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people have experienced difficult and alienating relationships with family, friends, employers and service providers. Some have felt the need to move away from their families of origin, to stay in the closet or to distance themselves from discriminating and prejudiced situations. Yet, LGBT people are more likely to become caregivers for a partner, friend or biological family member. While caregiving can be rewarding, it can also be isolating.
It is important for you and your loved one to have legal and financial documents in place to establish your wishes for care as the disease progresses. Legal plans are especially vital for the person with dementia. Medical and financial powers of attorney and hospital visitation authorizations are best filed in advance while the person is still able to make decisions. Complete your own documents to ensure your loved one will be cared for should something happen to you. Contact the Alzheimer’s Association for legal referrals.
The Alzheimer’s Association has support available for everyone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at: 1-800-272-3900 or www.alz.org