As we and members of our family grow older, there may be a time when we can no longer care for ourselves. Whether brought on by a sudden injury or illness or even just the trials of getting older, most of us will need some sort of additional care in our later years. When the decision comes to take steps toward outside care, we can be hit by wave after wave of options, surprise costs, and uncertainty. Taking on these responsibilities on our own can be confusing and dangerous. Without the help of an attorney, we may not choose the appropriate care we or our loved ones deserve, or we could fall into financial traps. Below are just some of the very many choices an attorney can help with in regards to elder care.
- Determining new living arrangements (at-home care, nursing facility, etc.)
- Developing a health care directive to determine treatment options if incapacitated
- Filing for Medicaid benefits
- Establishing power of attorney
- Figuring the best possible care for any budget
- Understanding laws regarding elder care
- Drafting a will
Far too often, the choice to pursue elder care comes during difficult times. The last thing anyone needs is to be lost in a sea of paperwork and uncertainty when trying to care for a loved one who is injured, ill, or infirm. That is why it is so important to contact a lawyer when faced with such choices. There is no better way to make sure the best and safest choices are made for you and the ones you love.