Managing Residential Transitions - Part 2

In the first article in the series, which appeared last month, we followed Diane Peabody, R.N., an elder care coordinator at Applegate & Dillman Elder Law, a Life Care Planning Law Firm in Carmel, Indiana, as she worked with a family to prepare for the relocation of Jolene in Florida to a nursing home near her sons in the Indianapolis area.

Dealing with Seagull Syndrome - Part 1

Many family caregivers find themselves on the receiving end of unsolicited remarks from friends and family members who aren’t involved in the elder’s day-to-day care. How do you deal with this?

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.

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