Elder Law

Elder law addresses unique problems facing seniors. Elder law in itself is a broad umbrella covering many areas of law. Attorneys in elder law makes sure good disability plans are in place for clients in addition to post mortem issues such as distributions of one's estate to heirs.

A major worry is how to pay for long term care for oneself or a spouse. When facing long term care, it is important to take the least restrictive approach. Choices about long term care are difficult. If care is needed, assistance at home is the first choice. If home care is not possible or unsafe, then an assisted living facility or adult family home may be the next choice of care. However, someone may need a high level of medical care that can only be provided under the supervision of a nurse or licensed health professional within a skilled nursing facility. 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.

Besides financial professionals, families can find help with geriatric care managers (GCM). A GCM makes themselves available in the client's home or at a facility to assist with care management. GCMs are health care professionals who most often have backgrounds in social work or medical field. They review the overall medical and housing choices based on a senior's social, health, and medical care needs.