• Public Benefits 101: Retirement Accounts

    When it comes to qualifying for Medicaid, few things are simple or straightforward. Every state has its own way of managing this important public benefit program. The way Medicaid evaluates retirement accounts during the qualification process is no exception.

  • Common Misconceptions about Asset Protection

    What do people get wrong when they think about asset protection? Plenty, according to Steven Rubin, a Certified Elder Law Attorney and partner at Drazen Rubin Law, a Life Care Planning Law Firm in Milford, Connecticut. In this article, Rubin talks about the top five misconceptions he encounters.

    #1: Asset protection = not spending money.

  • My Elder Care Story: Nancy Carman

    Many professionals who work in Life Care Planning Law Firms have been blessed with close relationships with elderly loved ones. Nancy Carman is no exception.

    She grew up in a family where five generations were alive and well. “I have a picture of my great-great grandmother holding me when I was a baby,” remembers Nancy, who works as an Elder Care Coordinator for Fendrick Morgan, a Life Care Planning Law Firm in Voorhees Township, New Jersey. “My dad is now 91. Those experiences played a big role in my decision to make working with older adults a career.”

  • Hot Weather Safety Tips

    People aged 65 years or older are especially prone to heat-related health problems. Why? Older adults don’t adjust as well as young people to sudden changes in temperature. Older adults are more likely to have a chronic medical condition that changes normal body responses to heat. They are also more likely to take prescription medicines that affect the body’s ability to control its temperature or sweat. Very high body temperatures may damage the brain or other vital organs.

  • Beware of Post-Operative Cognitive Dysfunction

    Pati Bedwell, an elder care coordinator at Takacs McGinnis Elder Care Law, a Life Care Planning Law Firm in suburban Nashville, Tennessee, found out about POCD when it happened to her mother. It was a routine colonoscopy, but Pati’s mother was given a new medication with her anesthesia. “Mom jokingly told the nurse she wanted something so she’d forget she was there,” remembers Pati. “The nurse told Mom that the medication would help wipe her short-term memory, so she probably wouldn’t remember much of anything of the procedure. That sounded good to Mom.”

  • Journey into Life Care Planning: Kathleen Flammia

    From public defender representing people accused of murder to elder law attorney helping older adults get care. No, it’s not the plot of a TV drama, it’s the career trajectory of Kathleen Flammia, founder of the Flammia Elder Law Firm, a Life Care Planning Law Firm in Winter Park, Florida.

  • How to Sidestep the Nursing Home Crisis

    I’ve fallen and I can’t get up. It may sound like an infomercial cliché, but it’s a horror story that often takes families by surprise.

    Julia Keck Price understands it well. She lived it. “I stopped by to visit my 89-year-old grandmother one day and she didn’t come to the door,” said Price, a Life Care Planning Attorney at Elder Law of East Tennessee, a Life Care Planning Law Firm in Knoxville. “Turns out that she had fallen and had been laying there for several days.”

    Price’s nightmare occurred just as she was beginning her career as an elder law attorney.

  • What Elder Law Means to Me: Reflections of an Elder Law Attorney

    During the month of May, two awareness events honoring older adults coincide: Older Americans Month and National Elder Law Month. For Barbara Boone McGinnis, a Certified Elder Law Attorney and partner at Takacs McGinnis Elder Care Law, a Life Care Planning Firm in Hendersonville, Tennessee, the month of May offers plenty of opportunities to reflect on her chosen legal field.

  • Avoiding Caregiver Burnout

    At some point during the long-term care journey, nearly every family caregiver will feel overwhelmed by the amount of care their aging, sick, or disabled loved one requires. But how much stress is too much? There’s a fine line between “normal” stress and the stress described by Dr. Timothy Brigham, a well-known medical educator. Dr. Brigham describes stress as “the basic confusion created when one’s mind overrides the body’s desire to choke the living daylights out of someone who desperately deserves it.” 

  • How Advance Directives Work in Real Life

    If you go to the trouble to create an Advance Directive, is there a chance that the document will be overlooked or even ignored by time-pressed healthcare professionals?

    It’s possible, according to Bayli Fields, an attorney at Kimbrough Law, a Life Care Planning Law Firm in Athens, Georgia.