Elder Law Attorney Answers Health and Finance Questions

CollettSmallElderLaw1An ongoing concern for many older adults, as well as their adult children, is whether they really need to pay for the services of an attorney when planning for their finances and health care in old age. This is a valid question, and people of modest means often feel that they can’t afford an attorney. However, the reality is that many elder care problems faced by families can be avoided by consulting an attorney before their loved one needs any form of care.

Collett P. Small, Esq., is an elder law specialist and chair of the elder law section of the Florida Bar. She is a member of the National Academy for Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) and the Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys (AFELA). 

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Protection for Nursing Home Residents: Will New Rules Remain?

Nursinghome3New rules for the protection of nursing home residents have been implemented as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Many of these rules provide answers to concerns that have troubled families with loved ones living in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), generally called nursing homes. I emailed Medicare expert Ginalisa Monterroso for an update on these rules and what they mean for nursing home residents and their families.

Read full article on HealthCentral about how nursing home residents could lose newly gained rights:

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9 Tips for Visiting Elders at Home or In a Care Facility

Visiting4Loneliness can be a plague for the elderly and ill. Yet visiting with someone who doesn’t feel well, and may have limited cognition, can be tricky. Some nervousness or reluctance is natural, but a few considerations can help to make things go smoothly.

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Short-term Home Stay May Produce Difficult Transition

WomanBedDear Carol: My mother has been in rehab since she broke her hip but now she needs to be moved. The professionals, including her doctor, strongly encourage moving her to a nursing home close to me because Mom will continue to need extensive care and her condition is expected to decline. When Mom and I discuss this, she seems sad about the idea and says she wants to go to her own home even though it’s not elder friendly. I’m wondering if we should take her to her own home and get around-the-clock care for a while just to make her happy and say that we gave it a try. At least then she’d have been home between facility stays. I know that too many moves can be confusing for an older person who is fragile, but I want to make Mom as happy as she can be. I can’t think straight right now. What do you advise? – ME 

Read full column on Inforum about the pros and cons of an in-between stay at home:

Purchase Minding Our Elders: Caregivers Share Their Personal Stories – paperback or ebook

An amazing book of stories that will touch your heart and encourage you, especially if you are a caregiver. Carol  Bradley Bursack also has an excellent website devoted to the elderly and their caregivers. - Carol Heilman

*Great Christmas gift!


Holiday Gift Ideas for Older Adults and People Living With Dementia

1MagnaReady1CreditMagnaReadyAs people age, they can become hard to buy gifts for, often because they are in the process of weeding through their belongings and need so little. Also, many have issues with their health ranging from arthritic pain to cognitive disorders which influence what they can use. Still, we want to include them in holiday giving. What to do? Here are some practical, but still enjoyable, ideas. Links will provide more information and pricing.

View full slideshow on HealthCentral featuring gifts for seniors and people living with dementia, as well as people who simply have chronic pain issues.

Purchase Minding Our Elders: Caregivers Share Their Personal Stories – paperback or ebook

An amazing book of stories that will touch your heart and encourage you, especially if you are a caregiver. Carol  Bradley Bursack also has an excellent website devoted to the elderly and their caregivers. - Carol Heilman    *Great Christmas gift!