I have had rather a stressful day with the daughter and son of a lady who has advanced dementia. The lady had a sudden decline a few weeks ago and had been in a general hospital until a few days ago, when she was assessed as needing full time nursing care. Now that the lady has gone into care the family have to sort out all the financial and other personal business, which, they have no idea about. They dont even know who Mums solicitor is. The lady is very poorly and is unable to communicate in anyway. My message then is to remind everyone of the importance of preparing for the future in any event. (Im 31, and until today I have only ever considered arranging a will.) The problems that the family are now facing are almost uncomprehensible, and Im worried about how I can help elivate these next week when I meet them. But dosent this just bring it home how important it is, especially when there is a diagnosis of dementia, to ensure that we are prepared for these events. For further information, please see the sticky thread on the discussion board for advice sheets such as Enduring power of attorney, choices in care, future medical treatments and financial and legal tips. Looking ahead will not only ensure less headwork for us as carers, but will ensure that the person for whom we care is able to plan for their future.