The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm Owner, Shannon Pawley, Encourages Caregivers To Prepare Family Members Who’ve Not Seen Mom Or Dad Since Diagnosis Of Alzheimer’s Or Other Cognitive Decline.
The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm Owner, Shannon Pawley, gives some pre-holiday planning tips for caregivers expecting family members who’ve not seen their mom or dad in a few years and who may be unprepared for subsequent mental and physical decline.
DECATUR, GA, November 30, 2022: Shannon Pawley, Owner of The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm, has posted a new blog on the law firm’s website entitled “Prepare Family Members For Visiting Loved Ones With Cognitive Decline.” Ms. Pawley speaks from experience with a loved one with cognitive decline and offers tips to help make visitors and the patient more comfortable.
“With the holiday season upon us,” Pawley acknowledges, “it is quite possible that some family members have not been home to visit their parents in a few years.” She continues, “When this happens, and in the interim mom or dad has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or other cognitive decline, and perhaps put in a nursing home or other care facility, it’s important to give those visitors an update so they can be as prepared as possible for what could be shocking mental and/or physical changes in mom or dad.”
Pawley suggests, “If video visits have not been a regular part of life for those visiting over the holiday season, let guests know ahead of time about any changes in behavior or memory since their last visit. Providing a recent photo may also be helpful for changes in appearance.” She emphasizes, “You might also suggest ways for visitors, be they family members or friends, to listen patiently to themselves so they don’t find themselves criticizing their loved one for repeated comments, as well as not correcting errors and not interrupting. If appropriate, tell guests ahead of time what activities you have planned or suggest something they might bring, such as a photo album.”
“If your family member lives in a nursing home or other care facility,” Pawley says, “you’ll want to minimize visitor traffic. You can arrange for a few family members to drop in on different days instead of several small groups on one day or in one large group. People with cognitive decline are easily overwhelmed around large groups.”
The entire blog can be read at LINK HERE
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The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm was established to serve the legal needs of retiring citizens. The Firm focuses its entire practice on providing strategies to protect independence, privacy, assets and taxes from the government. Shannon Pawley has grown her law practice by providing excellent customer satisfaction with personalized wealth protection plans.
About Shannon M. Pawley, J.D., LL.M
As the owner of The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm, Shannon M. Pawley and her entire team share a passion which focuses on being able to serve the legal needs of retiring individuals. In our firm, WE BELIEVE that people should not have to lose everything they’ve worked a lifetime to earn and that every person is an individual who deserves respect and the highest quality of life possible, regardless of age or ability. We also believe that privacy and protection are the keys to personal peace. Born and raised in the Tidewater area of Virginia to a tightknit family with strong military service roots, Shannon learned from an early age the value of hard work and the importance of social awareness to ensure you always leave a situation in a better place than how you entered it. In her junior year of high school, Shannon served as U.S. House of Representatives Page during the 101st United States Congressional Session in Washington, D.C. This experience exposed her to numerous new cultures and worldly issues. Walking away from her experience as a U.S. House of Representative Page, Shannon knew that she wanted to pursue legal studies and be able to assist others in obtaining the best results available in difficult situations.
Shannon earned her undergraduate degree at North Carolina Wesleyan College and pursued a law degree from Michigan State University College of Law. After obtaining her law degree and becoming a licensed attorney in Michigan, she continued her educational pursuit by acquiring a LL.M. (Master of Law) in Taxation from Wayne State University. After moving to Georgia in 2018, Shannon obtained her Georgia law license and has enjoyed being able to pursue her desire of ensuring persons are able to age with dignity, grace and independence.