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How can I choose a nursing home for a loved one?

If you have an elderly loved one in your care, there may come a time when placement in a nursing home is the best option for everyone. While this decision is extremely difficult, it's important that you choose a skilled and caring facility capable of addressing your family member's specific needs and medical issues. The National Institute on Aging offers the following advice on how you can make the best possible decision. 

How do you transfer an Illinois guardianship to another state?

For one reason or another, it may be necessary to transfer your guardianship to another state. Perhaps you must make the move, or perhaps it is your ward's wish to relocate. In either case, you cannot just pick up and go without first taking legal steps to transfer your guardianship to the new location. According to the Illinois General Assembly, this usually involves a petition to the court. However, there may be instances in which the court itself initiates the motion. 

What is caregiver burnout?

As your loved one's guardian, you're most likely this person's primary caregiver. While this is an essential role to fill, many family caregivers find themselves overburdened with daily responsibilities, from help with grooming to meal preparation and virtually everything in between. This can lead to a condition known as caregiver burnout, which impacts your health and well-being when left unchecked. The Cleveland Clinic explains why burnout happens and what you can do to avoid it. 

Caring for an aging parent in Illinois

As an adult child, you may take on the responsibility of caring for your aging parent or parents. Unfortunately, the time may come when, due to dementia, Alzheimer's or other such ailments, they can no longer care or make decisions for themselves. We at Zapolis & Associates PC understand the complexities associated with taking care of an elderly family member in Illinois, and have helped many adult children obtain the legal authority to ensure their parents' well-being.

What are some tips for grandparents raising grandchildren?

For various reasons, grandparents may end up with custody of their grandchildren. It can be a challenge to transition back into a parental role, especially for older people. CreatingaFamily.com offers the following tips to ensure grandparents can care for kids while also properly caring for themselves.

The negative effects of domestic violence on children

When children in Illinois are part of a family where there is domestic violence, they are undoubtedly affected in ways that could influence how they respond and react to certain triggers for the remainder of their lives. Understanding the negative effects of such violence on children is critical to realize the dire need of getting them help before it is too late. 

What's the difference between a guardian and a conservator?

When an adult is incapable of handling his or her own affairs, the court might step in and appoint another person to do so. This person can take on the role of guardian or conservator, which are two similar designations that still have a few important distinctions. The Balance explains the difference, along with highlighting the essential duties.

Does my special needs adult child need a guardian?

If you have a child who has special needs and cannot completely take care of him or herself, you may want to consider guardianship when your child turns 18. Regardless of any medical or mental health issues, the law is clear that when a person turns 18 years old, he or she is a legal adult in Illinois. If you feel your child will not be able to care for him or herself and make adult decisions, your best option is to seek guardianship.

When is a guardianship appropriate?

If you are an Illinois resident whose spouse, adult child or other loved one seems to have difficulty making decisions about the conduct of his or her own life, (s)he may be a candidate for a guardianship. As the Illinois Guardianship & Advocacy Commission explains, the courts often appoint a guardian, i.e., a substitute decision maker, for someone suffering from a physical, mental or developmental disability or deterioration.

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