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.
Antelope Valley, CA (PRWEB) October 22, 2008
Antelope Valley estate planning law firm Thompson Von Tungeln advises its clients that there are many factors to consider before deciding upon the best care for an elderly loved one. Here are five questions to consider:
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 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 dependent 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," said Mark E. Thompson, partner in the Antelope Valley estate planning firm of Thompson Von Tungeln. "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."
About Mark E. Thompson:
With more than 30 years' legal experience, Mark E.Thompson serves Thompson Von Tungeln in the areas of estate planning, probate, trusts, wills, trust administration, conservatorships, guardianships, and elder law. He is certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialists as a Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning. In addition to his legal work, Thompson also serves with many other community organizations.
About Thompson Von Tungeln:
Antelope Valley estate planning law firm Thompson Von Tungeln (TVT) offers sophisticated estate planning and administration for the affluent, discriminating client. As Board Certified Specialists in Estate Planning, Trusts and Probate as certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization, partners Mark E. Thompson and Kevin L. Von Tungeln are expertly equipped to serve these clients with the creative, effective and custom solutions they demand. For more information, contact TVT at 661-945-5868 or visit their website at http://www.tvttrustlaw.com.