Family members often chose to care for their loved ones rather than hiring professional caregivers. This choice often serves the needs and desires of the person in need of care, but there are some important issues to consider regarding payment to family members.
Larry Dawes, MSW, outlines a few considerations in this short article. It is well worth reading before taking on the task of caring for a family member and receiving payment for providing that care.
Family Members as Paid Caregivers?
Do you find it difficult to talk about your wishes surrounding end of life care? Are you confused by advice from well meaning family and friends? Find out the legal facts, as well as the steps you need to take to protect yourself and your loved ones. You will enjoy the peace of mind that you have taken care of your end of life planning.
Love for your pet can change your life, even if the pet is a street rat.
A young couple living in Hong Kong couldn’t help but rescue a tiny street rat that was dying outside their apartment. Their intent to help him survive the night and then return him to the streets turned into years of enjoyment as Mr. T enriched their lives.
Before rescuing Mr. T they had struggled to find even a spare hour in the day – but Mr. T taught them how to make room in their lives for the future family they wanted, to be more empathetic, more patient.
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Oprah Magazine – October 2012
End of Life Wishes
What are your wishes surrounding your end-of-life care?
60% of people say that making sure their family is not burdened by tough decisions is “extremely important”
56% have not communicated their end-of-life wishes
I know that no guide and no single conversation can cover all the decisions that you and your family may face. A conversation can provide a shared understanding of what matters most to you and your loved ones, helping them to make decisions for you when the time comes.
The Conversation Project has created a Starter Kit. It doesn't answer every question, but it will help to organize your thoughts to begin the conversation with your loved ones.
You can use it whether you are getting ready to tell someone else what you want, or to help you assist someone else to share their wishes.
- See more at: http://theconversationproject.org
Colleen J. Watters is a dedicated estate planning and probate lawyer. She also specializes in special needs and pet care planning. A graduate of Lincoln School of Law, a member of the California State Bar since 2008, a native of Sacramento, an active volunteer with the American River Parkway Foundation and the Placer SPCA.