What Not to Say When A Parent Has Dementia

When dementia strikes, you will likely observe many changes with your loved one’s behavior, language, memory, and ability to perform familiar tasks. One of the areas that dementia will impact dramatically is communication. You may notice that your mom or dad struggles to find certain words, doesn’t seem to understand what you say, and can no longer communicate the way they once could.

That Special Friend in the Nursing Home

It’s not unusual for people to find new friends when they move into a nursing home. But what happens when those friendships turn into something more? We posed this question to Pati Bedwell, an elder care coordinator at Takacs McGinnis Elder Care Law, a Life Care Planning Law Firm in Hendersonville, Tennessee. A veteran of the senior care industry, Pati has truly seen it all.

Are You Caregiving from Afar?

Do you live far away from elderly loved ones?  If so, you know how difficult it can be to stay connected when you can't help with caregiving duties. You may feel guilty for not being closer. You may wish you could be there to help. Hopefully, you have siblings or other relatives nearby who can care for your relative, so you can rest easy knowing that their needs are being met.

Tips for a Successful VA Pension Application

Have you heard how challenging it can be to interact with the Department of Veterans Affairs (the VA)? The VA’s reputation may be well-earned, but there are steps you can take to expedite the VA pension application process, according to Chris Johnson, an attorney at Takacs McGinnis Elder Care Law, a Life Care Planning Law Firm in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Chris, a Marine Corps veteran who served as an attorney in the U.S. military for nearly a decade before joining Takacs McGinnis, shares four “Pro-Tips” that separate successful claims from those that get stuck in the system.

My Elder Care Story - Miles Hurley

Attorneys who practice Life Care Planning often have dramatic elder care stories of their own. Miles Hurley, founder of Hurley Elder Care Law, a Life Care Planning Law Firm in Atlanta, Georgia, is no exception. He came to the practice of Life Care Planning in 2005 after providing care for nine different family members.

Behind the Scenes: Life as a Paralegal

Any elder law firm that offers Life Care Planning relies on a team of legal and non-legal professionals who work together to support and guide families during an elderly loved one’s long-term care journey. What role do paralegals play in the process?

To answer this question, we consulted Lisa Sparks, a paralegal at Kimbrough Law, a Life Care Planning Law Firm with offices in Athens and Gainesville, Georgia.

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