This is an article from The Law Offices of Roy W. Litherland (www.attorneyoffice.com)in Campbell, California, that we thought others may find helpful.
Elder Care Law Firms specialize in the issues that affect seniors. They are equipped to address the legal, healthcare, social and psychological needs of seniors and to develop a plan to meet those needs in an economical fashion that protects and preserves the income and assets of the elder to the greatest extent possible.
How Can an Elder Care Law Firm Help You?
If you are facing legal issues that include incapacity planning or end-of-life planning, an elder law attorney can discuss your options with you and develop a strategy to implement options that will help you and your loved ones.
Some elder care law firms also staff geriatric care managers as part of their team. A geriatric care manager can help with a wide variety of problems, including home assessments to help make your home safe for you to remain in it as you age and providing residential living assistance (Independent Senior Communities, Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing).
How Can an Elder Care Law Firm Help Your Loved One?
Elder care attorneys can also help a loved one who requires assistance. For example, if you have an elderly relative who is having difficulties remaining in their home due to physical or mental challenges, an elder care attorney can help you and your loved one plan for long-term care and can create a strategy to preserve your loved one’s assets from catastrophic nursing home costs. Perhaps your elderly loved one is faced with diminishing mental or physical capacity and would like to designate a loved one to help them with their day-to-day financial or health care decisions and maintenance. An elder care attorney will assure that your loved one has the appropriate property and health care powers of attorney in place.
Elder law firm geriatric care managers can also reassure YOU that your loved one receives quality care. They can assist you with the selection of adult day care, assisted living or skilled nursing care facilities. They are also available to assist with determining appropriate financing methods, including private pay, reverse mortgages, long term care insurance, and Medicare. If you are concerned about an elder loved one who resides in another state, a geriatric care manager in the area where your loved one resides can help advocate for the best care available for your loved one at scheduled care meetings with your loved one’s in-home care provider or at assisted living or skilled nursing homes.
It can be difficult to convince your elders to speak with an attorney about aging, incapacity, and mortality due to the uncomfortable nature of the topics. If you need assistance or have a loved one whose care you are concerned about, a good elder law attorney can help you navigate the situation.