What is Long-term Care?

Long-term care is a term that describes a wide range of care needs and ways of providing that care. It includes services that meet medical and non-medical requirements for people who cannot fully care for themselves for long durations of time. Long-term care is typically very individualized and may be provided formally by a professional, […]

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What is a Care Coordinator?

Mom is starting to fall frequently.  Dad’s Alzheimer’s has progressed, and he is beginning to wander out of the home.  Grandma has suffered a stroke and needs rehab – or may need long-term care.  Grandpa is overwhelmed by the Medicaid assessment process.  You want to pick up the phone and call for help – but […]

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“I’ve Never Done This Before!” – How to Plan for Age-related Unknowns

During a recent intake call with our firm, one of our prospective clients – a successful, intelligent, well-organized middle-aged woman – sounded as though she had reached the end of her rope.  She found herself in a caregiving role for her mother, and despite all her accumulated life experiences and wisdom, she had no idea […]

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The Power of Denial in Decision-Making

Every family brings their own dynamics to the table when they start planning for the long-term care of a loved one.  Complicated relationships and family histories, guilty feelings related to “not doing enough,” and the general stress of unexpected and unplanned-for transitions all have the potential to get in the way of establishing the best […]

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MS: A Care Coordinated Approach

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke defines Multiple Sclerosis as “an unpredictable disease of the central nervous system. Multiple Sclerosis (MS) can range from relatively benign to somewhat disabling to devastating, as communication between the brain and the other parts of the body is disrupted.”  Uncertainty and the sometimes early age of onset […]

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LGBT Senior Housing: Finding Safe Spaces

Lately we have done a lot of talking about senior housing options, from the social benefits of facility living to some creative housing alternatives. That’s because housing is one of the primary concerns for aging adults and their loved ones. Many consider moving to a residential facility a last resort, and it can be a […]

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Choosing a Residential Facility Which Promotes Social Engagement

As discussed in a previous blog, the benefits of social interaction continue well into old age. A socially-active senior can expect to experience fewer hospital admissions, a reduced cost of social care, an increase in physical health, and an increase in confidence compared to more isolated peers. One of the risk factors for social isolation […]

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The Future and Financing of Long Term Care

Long-term care is fast becoming a vital issue for our nation to address.  We have 78 million aging baby boomers.  The costs of long-term care to these baby boomers will be catastrophic, and few people have sufficient resources to pay for needed long-term care. In an effort to deal with this growing concern, in 2012 […]

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The Elder Care Continuum

The Central Tool of a Life Care Planning Law Firm What will happen to my parents’ assets as they get older and may have to move into an assisted living or nursing facility?  How will my spouse’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis affect our housing options, and how can I provide the best possible care?  What resources are […]

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New Practices: What a Life Care Planning Law Firm Can Do for You

When most folks hear the words “elder law,” they envision a practice centered around estate planning:  wills, asset protection, public benefits applications, and other complicated paperwork.  Traditionally elder law practices have focused almost exclusively on the material aspects of aging – that is, establishing end-of-life documents and preserving the elder’s assets so that they can […]

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