Elder Care Attorneys: Lawyers for Seniors
Help for the Senior Years
In planning out my first Monday of the New Year I realized that I was looking over information that could be helpful to anyone with aging parents.
Appointments to talk with a home health care nurse, a home health care therapist, an oncologist’s office, a nursing home, and an elder care attorney on behalf of my father had me doing some needed research.
Learning About Elder Care Attorneys
A year ago I had a vague idea of how the first four in the above list could be helpful, but at that time I had no idea there were elder care attorneys who specialize in the needs of aged people. I only knew that my father needed to consult a recommended lawyer and that he needed to do it immediately.
What I did not know was that elder care attorneys were the ones who could really help him. Thankfully, the lawyer I first contacted was kind enough to inform me of this important news. He could have taken our business and left us to pick up the pieces later.
It makes good sense that an elder care attorney could be a great help in assisting aging parents in making needed plans for the future, setting up funds, creating documents, and facing the issues they will most likely be confronted with if they live long enough.
However, in the case of an aging parent getting involved with
• social security offices
• medicare and related insurance companies
• being "offered" the medicaid system
• various insurance companies vying for their business
before consulting with and taking the advice of family, friends, or other counsel that has their best interests at heart, an elder care attorney is the only hope for help.
It isn't that an aging person cannot make good decisions, but there are factors that can prevent them from knowing what the best decisions are. The main issues include the fact that declining mental capability varies greatly among the elderly and a decline can be unique to an individual depending on what their general health is and what medications they take.
An elder care attorney gets to keep his title because he must keep up with the constantly changing laws on medicare and medicaid, and the questions that come up with nursing homes and their interesting policies. As far as I can tell, elder care attornies earn their keep for their care of senior citizens.
Will any Attorney Work for Senior Citizens?
Any lawyer can make a will for an older person, or help them
• create a living will
• decide on an advanced directive
• establish a power of attorney
but it is the elder care attorney who stays up to date on the laws that affect the aged parent and their family. These laws can change very quickly and without notice.
Elder care law particularly targets the needs that come with aging in today’s world. Due to changes that increase dependence on the government, those needs are increasingly significant to the individual people, their families, and even to the stability of our society.
Certain diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, require the specialized input of an elder care attorney because it often takes extra help to get certain programs and care paid for through agencies designed for that very purpose.
It's important to remember that those agencies and facilities have the needs of many people, including their own employees to consider. Seniors need a personal advocate when dealing with hospitals, nursing homes, and government agencies.
Difficult questions come up regarding what kind of care is the right care and how to get that care without the parents losing all of their resources to the systems that are supposed to help. So-called government health care is already reaching into people's pockets while at the same time providing more limited care for seniors.
Getting needs met, planning wisely for the future, and protecting assets are all good reasons to obtain the services of a highly recommended certified elder care attorney.
A lawyer who is only qualified to make sure a basic will is drawn up for elderly people in need of one may not be able to meet all their needs.
Responsible elder care attorneys can be found in most areas of the country, but it is best to carefully review one you are considering hiring. Ask questions about how he or she will handle the specifics of yours or your parents' affairs and don't be afraid to be very direct about questions.
Get some recommendations from family and friends who may even be willing to ask around for references from their individual circle of contacts. Other attorneys, geriatric doctors and nurses, and even pastors could also offer good references. No matter what, don't just pull a name from the phone book.
Who Helps You Find an Elder Care Attorney?
There are some organizations that help you understand what elder law is and can help you find certified lawyers or find out if your elder care attorney is certified. Take a look at the following links for some good information to start you off:
If you have parents who are aging, get them the information they need regarding an elder care attorney right away. They may not navigate the internet well enough to find themselves in trouble, but they can surely dial up any random local attorney from an advertisement.
You can’t stop them from doing so, but you can offer them truly helpful information in time to possibly prevent a disaster. Even if the relationship with parents is strained, it is often possible to find a way to share information that helps elderly parents make good decisions if their affairs have not been attended to correctly.
Between the typical concerns associated with aging, like mild memory loss and fatigue, to more serious physical concerns, such as Alzheimer's or cancers, senior citizens need the help of those who love them. Elder care attorneys understand that need.
It's pretty simple:
• Society is growing more complicated.
• Lawyers are needed for our aging senior citizens.
• Elder Care Attorneys can help meet their needs.
In The Elder Law Handbook: A Legal and Financial Survival Guide for Caregivers and Seniors elderly people and their families have the opportunity to prepare themselves for productive conversations with elder care attorneys, to learn how to find the best day-to-day help and care, as well as other related issues. The title is self-explanatory, however, obtaining the information before in a critical need situation is crucial to being prepared to navigate difficult days more easily.
Were you aware of elder care attorneys before reading this hub?
More Information to Help You Help the Elderly
Learn about NAEL and Medicare
Care for the Elderly's Needs
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