Elder Law

Elder law addresses unique problems that face seniors. Elder law in itself is a broad umbrella covering many areas of law. Those areas are for example: government benefits, Medicare, VA benefits, estate planning, Medicaid planning for long term care, real estate issues, reverse mortgages, guardianship, probate, blended families, trust administration, family loans, and gifts.

When a person faces the prospects of how to pay for long term care, it is important to take the least restrictive approach at all times. If care is needed, assistance at home is usually the first choice. If home care is not possible, then an assisted living facility may be the next possible choice of care. Finally, a nursing home may be required if skilled nursing is necessary. The objective is always to make sure that what care is provided is one that is the least restrictive alternative to assure the highest quality of life.

By working collaboratively with other professionals, elder law attorneys and families can find the help they need concerning the many choices of long term care and its financing. Such professionals include geriatric care managers (GCM) who are knowledgeable about long term care available in the client's home or at a facility. GCMs are health care professionals who most often have backgrounds in social work or medical field. They are able to review the overall choices based on the needs of a senior's social, health, and medical care. Choices about long term care are difficult. GCM can provide valuable assistance to anyone facing difficult choices of long term care.

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