Personal Care Arrangements

We like to think of our parents as being around forever but the inevitability of time and the aging process robs us of this desire. But before their time is up, there may be a period where your parent is no longer able to be self-sufficient or to perform many or all activities of daily living (ADL). To care for your loved one, personal care arrangements may need to be considered.

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Long-Term Planning for Persons with Special Needs

Having a special needs child or grandchild presents distinctly different challenges for all concerned. The child will need a lifetime of care or some type of assistance and will be eligible for public benefits in many cases. To provide for your child or grandchild, meet with a trusts and estates lawyer to discuss what measures can be taken.

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What you need to know about Attorney in-fact Responsibilities

Being asked to be and then appointed as an attorney-in-fact should be considered an honor. Generally, a parent or other family member might have asked you but a close business associate or longtime friend might have appointed you as well. This connotes a measure of trust and confidence in you that you need to take seriously and to fully understand your responsibilities.

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Medicare and Nursing Homes What You Need to Know

If you are 65 or older, or have a certain disability, then you may qualify for Medicare. The rules on paying for nursing home care, though, are different and require that you follow strict guidelines and are in need of certain care in a skilled nursing facility (SNF). Medicare does not pay for room and board at a long term facility but can be used for medical visits or hospital care and certain supplies.

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Nursing Home CARE Matters Month

October has been declared Nursing Home Residents’ Rights Month. Our seniors who reside in assisted living facilities, nursing homes and other facilities are among the most vulnerable group in our society. Reports of abuse, sexual assault, pushing, restraining and ridiculing residents as well as abandoning them, failing to bathe, feed or help with basic hygiene is not all that uncommon. Statistics show that 10% of all nursing home residents suffer some form of abuse each year. About 90% of nursing homes are understaffed, leading to errors in administering medications, lack of quality care and to offensive if not criminal behavior.

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