As the older population in the United States continues to grow at an unprecedented rate, issues that directly impact the elderly have taken center stage. Sadly, one of those issues is elder abuse. Despite efforts aimed at preventing elder abuse and at prosecuting those who prey on the elderly, elder abuse appears to be a growing problem. One reason for that is the simple fact that the majority of victims do not report the abuse. Reporting requirements, similar to those that apply to suspected … [Read more...] about Studies Indicate that Health Workers Fail to Report Suspected Elder Abuse
For seniors living on a fixed income, the opportunity to access an additional income source may sound like a dream come true. A reverse mortgage offers just that; however, it is crucial that you understand how a reverse mortgage works and how taking one out might affect your estate plan before you decide to sign on the dotted line. Toward that end, we will explain the basics of a reverse mortgage. What Is a Reverse Mortgage? For seniors who have equity in a home, a reverse mortgage allows them … [Read more...] about What Is a Reverse Mortgage?
In every estate plan we prepare in our office, we include an Advance Health Care Directive (AHCD) and a form that authorizes disclosure of medical information to designated individuals you have appointed to positions in your estate plan. This latter form is done to comply with the so-called HIPAA law. An advance health care directive is a legal document you use to provide guidance about what types of treatments you may want to receive in case of a future, unknown medical emergency. It also … [Read more...] about What is a POLST and Do I Need One?
Experts tell us that by the year 2030 one in five Americans will be retirement age. Just 20 years later, in 2050, those same experts predict that the number of older Americans (age 65 an older) will outnumber their younger counterparts (age 21 and younger) for the first time in history. As the senior population grows at a historic rate, the rest of the country cannot help but pay closer attention to issues and concerns the elderly have, some of which are unique to the elderly. To address the … [Read more...] about Questions to Ask an Elder Care Attorney
As the population of older Americans continues to grow at a historic rate, the number of people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease grows as well. Despite efforts to raise awareness about the disease, it remains somewhat of a mystery to most of us. Consequently, if you are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, you may not know what to do. To help you regain some of the control you may feel you lost with the diagnosis, here are some practical steps to take after an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. What Is … [Read more...] about Steps to Take after an Alzheimer’s Diagnosis
Do you or a loved one need nursing home care? If so, you will likely want to make sure that your loved one becomes a resident in a home that fits his or her many needs. There are many features to take into consideration when choosing the best nursing home. Take a look at the following guide to help make the best choice. Choose a nursing home that isn’t too far away. You may want to be able to visit your loved one often. Choosing a nursing home that is relatively close to your home … [Read more...] about Choosing a Nursing Home
For anyone who has a loved one that suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, one of the biggest worries they have is that their loved one will wander off and become disoriented which can lead to serious injury or even death. Putting your trust in a care facility to protect your loved one with Alzheimer's is not easy, particularly when stories such as the one that follows seem to permeate the news. According to a recent news report, an 84-year-old woman who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease was … [Read more...] about California Woman Says Mother With Alzheimer’s Was Left Outside Facility at Night
If you have an elderly loved one, it is important to provide care and support in a number of ways. As scams against the elderly continue to grow, it is important to make sure that your elderly loved one is not taken advantage of! Take note of the following scams! Mail fraud A lot of junk mail is aimed at taking advantage of the elderly Many mail scams involve convincing the elderly to enter various sweepstakes Telemarketing Many telemarketers speak with vulnerable people … [Read more...] about Protecting the Elderly from Scams
Paying for long term care is a scary thing for most families. In California, the annual costs of a semi-private room (one roommate) is over $100,000 and a private room is even more. Double these numbers if spouses or partners need care at the same time and there are additional expenses as well. How to Pay for Long Term Care Private Pay Long Term Care Insurance Veterans Benefits Medicare Medi-Cal Private Pay Some folks can self insure because they can afford to private … [Read more...] about Ways to Pay for Long Term Care
Qualified and experienced elder law attorneys help those, who need long term care, qualify to have the care paid by Medi-Cal benefits. For both Medi-Cal, you need to financially (and medically) qualify. Here are 12 ways in which elder law attorneys help people qualify for financial assistance, if they are not immediately eligible. Consult with a qualified and experienced elder law attorney whose practice includes Medi-Cal long term care benefits to determine which strategies are best for … [Read more...] about There are Many Ways to Qualify for Medi-Cal to Pay for Long Term Care