Applying for Medicaid: The Paralegal’s Perspective

Life Care Planning Law Firms help families with every aspect of an aging loved one’s care, including the process of finding ways to pay for long-term care. When families need to access Medicaid benefits, attorneys oversee the process, but they are supported by other staff members, including paralegals.

What Can an Elder Care Coordinator Do for You?

When families visit a Life Care Planning Law Firm, they’re often surprised to learn that the staff includes non-legal professionals. One of the most important non-legal roles belongs to elder care coordinators, the compassionate professionals who serve as a family’s guide during the long-term care journey.

Underwear and Passwords Have Something in Common

Almost anything you do online these days requires a password. Eric Griffin, who wrote for PC Mag online said, "Passwords are like underwear. You should change them often.”

This is a vitally important message for older adults. More than 75% of people aged 65 and older are now online, which creates more opportunities for hackers to access personal accounts. To keep online accounts secure, follow these tips from the Better Business Bureau (BBB):

Respite Care is Not a Frill

What is respite care?

Let’s start with a definition of the word “respite.”  According to the Oxford Dictionary, a respite is a short period of rest or relief from something difficult or unpleasant.

Preparing for Life as a Solo Ager

By Mary Jo Johnson, MPA, CMC, CDP, CADDCT

I want to talk about a topic that’s getting more attention these days: solo agers.

Solo agers are people who are growing older without the support of family. According to the demographers, solo agers have the following things in common:

  • They are age 50 and up.
  • They are unmarried.
  • They live alone, and don’t have a significant other.
  • There are no siblings, children, or extended family in the picture.

Solo agers are, quite literally, aging alone.

Medicaid Planning Mistakes – Part 2

If you want to delay a loved one’s application for Medicaid benefits to pay for nursing home care, there are plenty of ways to do it. This article, the second in a multi-part series, explains two more ways people mess things up.

What are the most common mistakes people make when attempting to qualify an elderly loved one for Medicaid? We posed this question to Matthew Bravette, one of the attorneys at Bratton Law Group, a Life Care Planning Law Firm with offices in the Southern New Jersey and Philadelphia areas.

Why You Need a Dementia Safety Plan

When you care for a person with dementia, there are many things to be concerned about, not least of which is their safety. Early in the condition, people with dementia begin to lose safety awareness. Their perception of what’s safe and what’s not in the world around them is altered by the changes to their brain. You may find that they wind up in situations that both surprise and scare you.

How can you help keep a person safe? A great place to start is to be proactive and create a comprehensive dementia safety plan that protects them, their home, and their finances.

What’s It Like to Live with Dementia?

By Robin Lacrimosa

On May 6, 2022, I did something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time. I completed the Virtual Dementia Tour (VDT®), a ground-breaking, evidence-based, and scientifically proven method of building a greater understanding of dementia.

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