• Making the Most of Care Plan Meetings – Part 1

    Nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, and other long-term facilities that accept Medicaid and Medicare must abide by federal laws governing residents’ rights . One of those rights involves creating a Care Plan for the resident. Federal law provides that, to the extent possible, the resident, the resident’s family, and the resident’s healthcare designee should participate in the development of the Care Plan.

  • Do You Know a Blue Water Navy Veteran?

    Did someone you love serve in Vietnam? If so, you’ll want to keep reading, especially if your loved one was among the estimated 90,000 veterans who served on ships off the coast of Vietnam.

    It took 50 years for Blue Water Navy veterans to receive disability compensation for diseases related to Agent Orange exposure. The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019 gave these service men and women the compensation they deserved, extending disability benefits covering medical conditions associated with Agent Orange exposure to those who served on ships off the coast of Vietnam.

  • Too Stubborn for a Life Care Plan

    Physically unwell but mentally sound seniors have been refusing to accept guidance from younger family members for millennia. What happens when the younger family caregiver happens to be an attorney in a Life Care Planning Law Firm? We posed this question to Julia Price, a VA accredited attorney at Elder Law of East Tennessee, a Life Care Planning Law Firm with offices in Knoxville and Johnson City, Tennessee.

  • Journey to Life Care Planning – Rachel Truhlsen

    For attorney Rachel Truhlsen, law is second nature.

    Rachel, founder of Truhlsen Elder Care Law of Nebraska, a Life Care Planning Law Firm in Blair, Nebraska, has been in and around law since she was a teenager. “I grew up in Omaha in a neighborhood with four attorneys living on the same block,” she remembered. “When I turned 16, one of them invited me to do some clerical work and that's when I first became exposed to the practice of law.”

  • Are You an Unconscious Caregiver?

    If you’re providing care on a regular basis for elderly loved ones, are you doing it on autopilot?

    Many of us are.

    Chances are good that you have an unconscious program running in the deepest recesses of your brain that’s telling you what to think, feel, and do as a caregiver.

  • What a Caregiver Needs Most

    It’s not easy being a caregiver. I know this from personal experience.

    Caregivers need support. They need someone to turn to. Most don’t have anyone.

    As an elder care coordinator in a Life Care Planning Law Firm, I specialize in supporting family caregivers. It’s one of the most important parts of my job.

  • Getting to Yes: Creative Ways to Handle Stubbornness

    If you’re caring for an older relative, you’ve probably experienced it. You ask your loved one to do something. It could be anything: get dressed, take medicine on time, anything. Your loved one refuses.

    Why does this happen? There are as many reasons as there are people. Fear of death, worries about being forced into a nursing home (if they’re not already there), dementia, frustration at the losses that come with advanced age, and depression over those losses are a few examples.

  • Why Advance Directives Matter

    What is an advance directive? Why is it so important? Why do people put off creating them? We posed these questions to Jessica Greene, a Certified Elder Law Attorney at Walters & Galloway, PLLC, a Life Care Planning Law Firm in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. Jessica has more than a decade of experience helping families address these delicate issues.