Archive for the ‘Aging Parents’ Category

Seniors Aging in Place Turn to Devices and Helpers, But Unmet Needs Are Common

  About 25 million Americans who are aging in place rely on help from other people and devices such as canes, raised toilets or shower seats to perform essential daily activities, according to a new study documenting how older adults adapt to their changing physical abilities. But a substantial number don’t get adequate assistance. Source/more: Kaiser Health News   For a complete list of upcoming seminars, visit our website at www.davidwingate.com. Peace of mind is only a call or click away! For an Initial Consultation call Estate and Elder Planning by David Wingate at (301) 663-9230 or visit www.davidwingate.com David…

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Medicare’s hospice benefit for beneficiaries with Alzheimer’s disease.

What is hospice care? Hospice care is a special way of caring for individuals in the last stages of terminal illness and their families. Hospice includes palliative care, which focuses on improving quality of life, as well as physical care and counseling. The primary purpose of hospice care is to manage the pain and other symptoms of the terminal illness, rather than provide treatment.   How does someone with Alzheimer’s or another dementia become eligible to receive hospice under Medicare? Medicare covers hospice care if: The person has Medicare Part A. The person’s physician and a hospice medical director certify…

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Women and Aging

Women whose mothers lived a long and healthy life have a good chance of doing the same, a new study suggests. A long-term study of about 22,000 postmenopausal women in the United States found that those whose mothers had lived to age 90 were 25 percent more likely to reach that milestone without suffering serious health issues, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer and hip fractures. If both parents reached age 90, women were 38 percent more likely to live a long and healthy life, the findings showed. The study by researchers at the University of California, San Diego…

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What Can an Elder Law Attorney Do For Me?

Elder law attorneys serve as advocates for elderly or disabled clients and their families, providing counsel on a wide range of topics including health care, guardianship, and estate planning. Though it may seem that elder law attorneys are meant to handle extreme or unusual cases, everyone can benefit from the services of an elder law attorney. Here are four things an elder law attorney can do for you: Estate Planning Making sure your affairs are in order is essential, and having an experienced elder law attorney to guide you through the process makes everything easier. Because there are strict guidelines…

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Maintain Your Independence

How do we maintain our independence? We have to plan for the future. Legal and financial planning are the keys. The old saying” If you have money you have options, if no money no options.” Unfortunately, we are seeing a number of people with no money and thus no options. They are sick and want to stay at home, but have no money to pay for care. What are their options?   David Wingate is an elder law attorney at the Elder Law Office of David Wingate, LLC. The elder law office services clients with powers of attorneys, living wills,…

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Caregiver Contracts: A Growing Planning Trend for Families

Many people are willing to voluntarily care for a parent or loved one without any promise of compensation. Even so, a growing number of people are entering into caregiver contracts (also called personal service or personal care agreements) with their family members. Having such a contract has many benefits. It rewards the family member doing the work. It can help alleviate tension between family members by making sure the work is fairly compensated. In addition, it can be a be a key part of Medicaid planning, helping to spend down savings so that the elder might more easily be able…

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A New Book – TAX FREE MONEY FOR LONG TERM CARE by David Wingate

David Wingate focuses his legal practice on finding asset protection and estate planning solutions to assist with the rising cost of long term care, in a nursing home, assisted living or at home. For more information please contact David at 301 663 9230.

LIVING WITH YOUR FAMILY

Consider the following before making a decision: ____    Motivation ____          Financial ____          Relationship ____          Beneficial to both parties ____          Guilt   ____    Maintaining your outside friendships   ____    Staying active with age appropriate activities   ____    Maintaining a level of independence   ____    What will happen if you need additional care?   ____    Withstanding pressure of being in some else’s home   ____    Can your child’s marriage and relationship with you be maintained?   ____    Will you have your own room?   ____    Where will you bathe?   ____    Who will look after you if your family is on vacation…

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HOME ISSUES

ENTRY Steps If you or someone who visits you often uses a walker, lengthen the run of your steps to a depth of at least 30 inches.  This deeper run allows you to place your feet and your walker on each step before you begin to negotiate the next one. Mark the edges of your steps with reflective or bright, contrasting colored tape or paint to make them clearly visible. KITCHEN:  FIRES Fire Prevention To reduce the danger of fire, keep broiler ovens and ventilation ducts and hoods free of grease. Wear close fitting or short sleeves when you cook,…

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Elderly Kansans Losing In-Home Services

Joyce Clark, 82, takes pride in cooking her own meals and living independently. Clark cites volunteer work and voracious reading for keeping her sharp. It also helps that a home care worker spends about five hours a week cleaning Clark’s Topeka apartment, doing her laundry, and helping her with grocery shopping. But funding meant to keep seniors like Clark out of nursing homes by offering them in-home services soon will be cut. It’s one of the steps the state is taking to eliminate a $151 million shortfall in the state’s $16 billion budget for the fiscal year that begins July…

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