As a Life Care Planning Law Firm, DeLoach, Hofstra & Cavonis offers a holistic solution for families struggling with the demands of an elderly loved one's care. While other law firms focus solely on saving the elder's money for the next generation, our goal is to ensure the maximum quality of life, help the care giving family member(s) and make sure the assets are protected when the correct care has been established.
Helping your aging loved one can be very difficult and stressful. In a difficult time, you may have some of the following questions:
- Where will my loved one get the right care?
- How will my loved one get right care without losing their home and life savings?
- How will Medicaid or VA benefits help pay for care?
- How can you be sure your loved one is getting the right care?
- Where can I turn to for help in winding my way through this difficult system?
We created our Life Care Planning team to assist you with all of these questions and more. Life Care Planning is an integral part of our holistic Elder Law practice. For some Elder Law attorneys, their practice consists primarily of asset protection in the face of nursing home expenses. Our Life Care Planning practice, however, does much more than merely protecting the family's assets. Life Care Planning recognizes that you and your family need help navigating the long-term care maze. When you or your loved one is facing imminent long-term care, dementia or other age-related concerns, our Life Care Planning practice combines asset protection, estate planning and care coordination to answer all of you and your family's concerns. With a Life Care Plan, you receive the right care sooner, maximum independence for as long as possible, and the ability to age with dignity. Your family gets help finding the right care and services; guidance with legal, health care and long-term care decisions; and peace of mind that comes with knowing you are secure.
Assistance For the Elder and the Caregiver(s)
- Access to specialized elder law knowledge
- Help through the system with our social worker
- Asset protection so the elder is protected and, when appopriate, the family can receive an inheritance
- Medicaid application
- An entire team to make sure your loved one is safe and you get the help you need
Top 10 Signs That You Need Help!
Do you know anyone struggling to meet the needs of an elderly loved one? If you see one of the following signs of distress, the elderly individual, and his or her family, may benefit from the protection of a Life Care Plan.
1. The primary caregiver feels overwhelmed from trying to meet the elderly person’s needs and suffers from burnout, ill health, frustration, or guilt.
2. Family members are concerned about a parent’s health and are confused about care options, what to do next, or where to get help.
3. The elder is hospitalized and the family has been told that the elder is no longer capable of independent living.
4. The elder is ill or disabled with children who live out of town.
5. The elder was recently diagnosed with cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s, COPD, diabetes, or another chronic, difficult-to-manage condition.
6. The elder has experienced a catastrophic event such as a fall, medication mistake, or accident.
7. The elder has suffered a medical crisis such as a stroke or heart attack.
8. The elder wanders, “forgets” critical information, makes unwise decisions, gets “lost,” or appears malnourished, dehydrated, depressed, weak, or fragile.
9. The elder is unable to provide such essential self-care as maintaining proper personal hygiene, taking prescriptions as directed, eating properly, and moving safely around the home.
10. The elder and family expresses concern about paying for future long-term care.
Benefits of a Life Care Plan
A Life Care Plan describes how our team will meet the elder’s medical, long-term care, legal, and emotional needs during long-term illness or incapacity – until the end of life.
- Freedom from the burdens of being the sole caregiver
- Relief from anxiety about paying for care
- Guidance with every legal, health care, and long-term care decision for the rest of the elder’s life
- Confidence that comes from having a plan to ensure ongoing care as the elder continues to age
- Security because the plan provides for the needs of the spouse and dependents, and
- Peace of mind because the right to quality care is protected.
- The right care sooner in the best place
- The preservation of independence for as long as possible
- The ability to age with dignity, and
- The security of knowing that you have an advocate dedicated to maximizing quality of life while making sure the money lasts for as long as possible
Life Care Planning For Pinellas County
Life Care Planning is a unique, elder-centered specialty of elder care law that features an interdisciplinary team that works together to identify present and potential future care needs, assist in locating appropriate care, and helping ensure high-quality care.
How To Start Life Care Planning
We recommend starting the program as soon as there is evidence of, or a formal diagnostic of an impairment.
Pinellas Elder Law & Care Coordination
If you have been suddenly thrown into the position of having to coordinate medical and housing for your loved one, you may be confused and anxious fearing you'll make the wrong choice.
Pinellas Assisted Living & Nursing Home Placement
With so many options for assisted living facilities and nursing homes, how do you know you are selecting the best one for your situation? How will you pay for it? Deciding where your loved one will live is one of the most important decisions you will make.
A Vision For Helping Families
Rep put his Life Care Planning team in place: "To help our clients and their family in their time of need." More than just protecting assets, Medicaid or Veterans benefits, he and his team will help you through these difficult times in dealing with your elderly loved one.
Admitted to the Florida Bar in 1999. Rep will help put your asset protection, estate planning and other legal matters in place to make your assets last for as long as possible. Rep is Board Certified in Elder Law by the Florida Bar Association and accredited by the Veterans Administration. He is a frequent lecturer on estate planning issues to the public and to other attorneys for continuing legal education (CLE) credits.
Most importantly, Rep is accessible, hardworking and helpful. You can call or e-mail Rep and he will get back to you as quickly as possible.