• Making the Most of Medicare’s Annual Wellness Visit

    If you’re looking after an older relative, it’s important to understand how your loved one can benefit from Medicare’s Annual Wellness Visit. The Annual Wellness Visit is a Medicare beneficiary’s yearly appointment with his or her primary care provider to create or update a personalized prevention plan. According to Joshua Hunter, not all Medicare beneficiaries understand how to make the most of this appointment.

  • My Elder Care Story - Kaushal Vaidya

    The reality that most people will grow old and need care is a fact of life that transcends cultural and national borders. Just ask Kaushal Vaidya, Director of Care Coordination and Pubic Benefits at Drazen Rubin Law Group, a Life Care Planning Law Firm in Milford, Connecticut.

  • Behind the Scenes: Managing Residential Transitions – Part 1

    Moving an elderly relative from the home to a long-term care setting, or from one care setting to another can be a traumatic process for everyone in the family. Fortunately, elder care coordinators in Life Care Planning Law Firms coordinate residential transitions like these all the time.

  • Powers of Attorney 101

    If something happens to you and you’re unable to communicate, how will those caring for you know how to manage your affairs? That’s the basic question answered by the power of attorney, a legal document that gives another person the authority to act on your behalf. If you are unable to make your own decisions due to illness, injury, or other circumstances, a power of attorney helps your loved ones manage your affairs and make important decisions about your business, finances, and health. The person who acts on your behalf is called the “attorney-in-fact” or “agent.”

  • Journey into Life Care Planning: Marty Fogarty

    “Life’s struggles serve to awaken our individual strengths and purpose.” That’s how attorney Marty Fogarty describes how he came to practice Life Care Planning. Marty is founder of The Heartland Law Firm, a Life Care Planning Law Firm in Glenview, Illinois.

    In 2000, Marty launched his firm focusing on estate and financial planning. As an attorney with a CFPTM designation, Marty envisioned a law firm that offered a holistic practice with multiple disciplines.

  • Alzheimer's Disease and Holiday Celebrations

    There’s no escaping it: the holiday season is a stressful time for everyone. It’s even more challenging when you factor in a diagnosis of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

    How do you celebrate the holidays without making things worse? To answer this question, we consulted Claire Merendino, R.N., an elder care coordinator at Bratton Law Group, a Life Care Planning Law Firm with offices in Philadelphia and New Jersey.

  • My Elder Care Story: Linda Strohschein

    Linda Strohschein’s elder care story is like that of many attorneys who head up Life Care Planning Law Firms. Her first exposure to the elder care world happened at home.

  • 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.