As a Life Care Planning Law Firm, we offer a holistic solution for families struggling with the demands of an elderly loved one's care. When an elder is no longer able to safely stay at home, the family often has few places to turn to get help. The elder and the primary caregiver are generally alone, dealing with hospitals, doctors, nursing homes, discharge planning, Medicare, Medicaid, VA benefits and more. We have helped over 500 families with life care planning and would like to help you and your loved one as well. If you are helping your aging loved one, you may have the following questions:
- Can my loved one stay at home?
- If they cannot stay at home, where will they get the right care?
- How will my loved one get right care without losing their home and life savings?
- Will Medicare pay for long-term care?
- How will Medicaid or VA benefits help pay for care?
- How can you be sure your loved one is getting the right care?
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 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 to navigate 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)
- A unique team approach to help the elder and the primary caregiver
- Not just legal and financial protection, but medical advocacy through our full time social worker
- Asset protection so the elder is protected and, when appropriate, the family can receive an inheritance
- Medicaid and VA benefit applications
- Estate planning, living trusts, powers of attorney
- 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 with Your Aging Loved One
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 express concern about paying for future long-term care.
Benefits of Hiring our Law Firm
Life Care Planning describes how our amazing team will meet the elder’s medical, long-term care, legal, and emotional needs during long-term illness or incapacity when they are having trouble staying home.
FAMILY BENEFITS FOR HIRING US:
- Freedom from the burdens of being the sole caregiver
- Assets protected from the nursing home, when appropriate
- Guidance with every legal, health care, and long-term care decision
- 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 to Assist You
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.
Care Coordination, not just Asset Protection
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.
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.
Download our Book on Elder Law in Florida
If you are looking to create your own estate plan or make changes to your existing documents, you will not want to start without a copy of my book, the Don't Lose Your Nest Egg to a Florida Nursing Home, which you can download for free.