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San Jose Family Law Attorney offers suggestions on making wise elder care decisions

San Jose Family Law Attorney offers suggestions on making wise elder care decisions.

When families are faced with the decision of providing elder care at home, in a nursing home or assisted living facility for a relative, there are a number of factors to consider before rendering a decision. Here are some good questions to answer that will provide guidance as you navigate the difficult and emotion-laden elder care process.

  1. Does your loved one currently reside in his or her own home? If your loved one does but doesn’t seem able to manage the home, don’t be too hasty in selecting an independent living or assisted living facility or nursing home. Once your love one no longer has a home, he or she may no longer be eligible for in-home care, often a less expensive but just as effective option in providing the care your loved one needs.
  2. Does your loved one have long-term care insurance? If so, be sure you fully understand its limits, since it may become useless when your elderly loved one enters an assisted living facility or not yours to spend as you choose when the loved one is in a nursing home.
  3. Does your loved one depend and need 24-hour professional care? Even every day tasks like bathing, dressing and eating can be overwhelming for the dependent elderly. If you suspect this is the case, then your loved one may need 24-hour professional care, in his or her own home; a well-equipped assisted living facility, or nursing home.
  4. Does your loved one see a geriatric specialist for medical care? This specialist physician understands the unique physical and psychological needs of your elderly loved one. So a geriatric doctor can help you and your loved one make the best decisions for medical care, helping to enhance the quality of life and not just prolong it.
  5. Do your loved one have a trusted attorney with experience in elder law? If the answer to this question is “Yes” then all your and your loved one’s decisions about living arrangements, estate planning and wishes upon death will be the best ones.

The area of elder law is a very specialized area. Because there are so many special needs for this group and their loved ones and because there are many ways to address those needs without bankrupting either the elderly person or his or her caregivers, it’s vital to consult an elder law specialist who can review your options, which will include any long-term care insurance policies and a review of the elderly loved one’s financial situation. All of these are factors to be considered as you move toward a decision that is in the best interest of your loved one.

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