Elderly Care Law
ELDERLY CARE LAW: UNDERSTANDING THE RIGHTS OF YOUR AGING LOVED ONES
Elderly Law is a rapidly growing area of law which focuses on helping clients with their legal, financial, and medical needs as they age. It is a holistic practice which develops multidisciplinary solutions to problems with the objective of enhancing the client’s quality of life.
As we age, health problems may begin to impact every facet of our lives. Most seniors not only face the challenge of trying to live independently, but they also face the problem of trying to deal with current and future health care issues and finding ways to pay for their medical care.
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How are Elder law attorneys different from other lawyers?
Elder law attorneys have a different focus because of their focus on the needs of older adults, which are often different and more specialized than the needs of younger adults. Not only can they handle important financial medicaid, guardianship, and estate planning matters, they also take care of day-to-day issues affecting the actual care of seniors, such as assisted living.
Q: What are the signs that you need an Elder Care Law Attorney?
Answer. Ask yourself:
1. Are you or is your loved one worried about not having enough money to pay for long term care such as assisted living, skilled nursing or home health care?
2. Were you or was your loved one recently diagnosed with cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, or another chronic condition?
3. Are you or is your loved one ill or disabled with children who live out of town?
4. Have you or has your loved one experienced a catastrophic event such as a fall, medication error, stroke, or heart attack?
5. Are you or is your loved one receiving rehabilitation services and recently received a discharge notice?
6. Are family members confused about care options, what to do next, or where to get help?
7. Have you discovered your loved one wandering, malnourished, dehydrated, or unable to provide self care?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, please contact us today to discuss how ECLF can help you.
Q: What fundamental documents do I need in my estate plan?
Answer. Documents like Wills, Trusts, powers of attorney, and health care surrogate designations are important tools in Elder Law because they provide a way for individuals to choose who will make financial decisions and medical decisions for them if they can’t make them for themselves and determine who will receive our assets at death. These documents are traditionally thought of as Estate Planning, but Elderly Law is so much more.
We can answer these questions and more! By developing a plan to address all of the issues we face as we age is what Elder Law is about. Elder Law is the interweaving of health and housing issues, caregiver concerns, finding a way to pay for long-term care, dealing with unresolved family issues, mediating among siblings about who will care for their parents, end of life decisions, and others.
These are just a few of the subjects that are addressed in a comprehensive, caring way. Enhancing the parent or family member’s quality of life is paramount. If you’re ready to discuss your future, please use the button below to contact us or call us today!