I have not filed for power of attorney. The rapidity of the degeneration is not atypical for his disorder, but it has been difficult, until recently, to assess his mental status. I have heard of surrogate decision making. Would durable power of medical attorney apply to this task?
I do have one followup question, thank you. I am now the sole caretaker of our severely developmentally disabled teenage child, and I work full time. I am not sure that I am able to effectively take on the additional task of advocating for my spouse, who is separating from my own employer-we both are faculty at the University of California. Is there any service that might be available to my spouse to gain his benefits because he is disabled? I am unable to determine whether he has any rights to patient advocacy based upon cognitive impairment. Would it be helpful to hire a disability lawyer, even if it is in regard to disability benefits specific to this employer?
Thank you very much for your help, Joseph. I amended my question at the last minute to ask if consulting a disability lawyer might be warranted. If you could give me feedback on that question, I believe I have the information that I need. Your advice has been extremely useful, and I will be reflecting that in your rating.
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