84-year-old comedian and actor Tim Conway is almost unresponsive as he suffers from dementia, according to media reports.
Conway received national attention in his role on the popular TV show McHale's Navy where he played the bumbling, naive Ensign Charles Parker, Executive Officer of the World War II PT-73
Documents were filed in Los Angeles on Friday, claiming Conway's wife Charlene is "planning to move him out of the excellent skilled nursing facility he is currently at" and place him in one that won't give him access to "registered nurses at all times and his 24-hour caregiver and speech therapist (to help with swallowing)."'
According to court documents Conway's daughter, Kelly, has asked to be appointed a conservator of her father and oversee his medical treatments.
The legal action claims Conway's wife Charlene is "planning to move him out of the excellent skilled nursing facility he is currently at" and place him in one that won't give him access to "registered nurses at all times and his 24-hour caregiver and speech therapist (to help with swallowing)."
Conway cannot "properly provide for his personal needs for physical health, food, and clothing" and is "almost entirely unresponsive.
She wants to be granted guardianship in order to administer proper care and provide her father's medications herself.
In the 1975–76 season Conway became a regular on The Carol Burnett Show. He had been a been a frequent guest for the show's first eight seasons. His work on the show earned him four Emmy Awards for both writing and performance.
One of Conway's best characters was ‘the dentist':
Guardianship gives a person the legal right to make decisions on behalf of a parent or loved one who is suffering from Alzheimer's or dementia. Guardianship is obtained through a court proceeding and granted by a judge.
According to the Alzheimer's Foundation courts scrutinize the actions of the guardian. This includes the management of the person's personal finances, and decisions about medical care and long-term care services and supports.
With longevity, more and more American's are suffering from some type of dementia. The Alzheimer's Association says 16.1 million Americans are caregivers to loved ones with Alzheimer's or dementia.
One in three seniors die with some type of dementia and almost 6 million are currently suffering from it. They expect this number to 14 million by the year 2050.
The cost of memory care in a nursing home, assisted living facility or specialized memory care facility is very expensive. Unless a person owns a Long-Term Care Insurance policy, these costs can easily drain a person's savings, even a person who has substantial assets.
LTC NEWS COST OF CARE MAP indicates the current average cost of a nursing home in California is $9700 a month … over $116,000 a year. Assisted Living facilities are less expensive, in California the average cost runs over $51,000 a year for base costs. You can find the current costs of long-term care services and supports by finding your state here: https://www.ltcnews.com/resources/state-information.
It is not unusual that a spouse, or other family members, move a parent to a less expensive facility once money starts to drain. This is why many experts suggest having a Long-Term Care Insurance policy in place to ensure they receive quality care, in the setting they desire, without draining large sums of money.
Most consumers start shopping for Long-Term Care Insurance in their late 40s and 50s as part of their overall retirement planning. These plans can be very affordable for most people. Plus, most states participate in the federal Long-Term Care Partnership Program. This allows states to allow insurance companies to issue special qualified policies which provide additional dollar-for-dollar asset protection.
There are several types of these plans so be sure to speak with a qualified licensed Long-Term Care Specialist to help you design an affordable and appropriate plan.