Hello,

Thanks for visiting our website. We’ve recently established this website to give the residents of Morgan County, Indiana information on how to pay traffic tickets, learn about child support, protect themselves against scams and identity theft and much more.

Our office is open weekdays from 8 am to noon and from 1 to 4 p.m. You can always call us at (765)-342-1050.

Best,
Steve Sonnega
Morgan Co. Prosecutor

WHEN A FAMILY MEMBER NEEDS A CARETAKER

  • Have a “Family Council” with the members of your family and try to reach a consensus on the best course of action to meet the needs of your loved one.
  • Be a good listener and an advocate for your loved one.
  • Look to the resources available in your own community that you can utilize to best meet the needs of your loved one.

WHEN YOU BECOME A CARETAKER

  • Recognize that you can’t do it by yourself.
  • Ask others for help when you are feeling stressed.
  • Get commitments from family/friends to assist and relieve you from time to time so that you have a back-up plan in place before the necessity arises.
  • Attend every medical or other professional appointment with your loved one so that you are fully aware of his/her diagnoses/treatments/medications and other circumstances.
  • Seek legal advice for your loved one and see that he/she has prepared a financial and estate plan that addresses issues related to long term care, VA or other benefits, Medicaid issues and a Guardianship, if necessary
  • Resource: Central Indiana Council on Aging CICOA – Caregiver Support

WHEN YOU HIRE A CARETAKER

  • Ask your local law enforcement agency to conduct a background check on the person(s) you hire to care for your loved one; its well worth the nominal fee.
  • NEVER permit the caretaker to have access to your loved one’s finances.
  • Monitor the medications of your loved one and address any concerns with any “missing meds” immediately.
  • If you suspect anything at all is missing in the home or that your loved one is not getting the care to which he/she is entitled and that you are paying for, SAY SOMETHING, don’t ignore it.

WHEN ITS TIME FOR FULL TIME NURSING CARE

  • Time for another “Family Council.”
  • Seek legal counsel on Medicaid qualification.
  • Visit several facilities within a short driving distance from your home before  selecting a new home for your loved one.
  • Attend all care conferences scheduled by the facility.
  • Visit your loved one regularly and at different times of the day or week.
  • Accept nothing less of the facility than the excellent care that you would provide your loved one in the home.
  • Discuss the issues related to “Do Not Resuscitate” Orders with your loved one, if possible, and reach a consensus with your other family members.