Elder Law Attorney Creates Book and Step-by-Step Guide to Eldercare Preparation for Family Members

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As a large number of U.S. adults now care for sick, elderly relatives, elder law attorney, Stuart Furman, Esq. wrote a new book to demystify eldercare and to guide the readers on how to anticipate and prepare for their own eldercare journey.

Keeping in mind that two-fifths of U.S. adults now care for sick, elderly relatives, elder law attorney, Stuart Furman, Esq., president of the Southern California Legal Center, Inc., announces the release of his new book, The ElderCare Ready Book (WheatMark) and accompanying guide, The ElderCare Ready Pack.

After watching thousands of clients struggle through a journey they are often severely unprepared for, and following his own experience caring for aging parents, Furman created the ElderCare Ready series as a step-by-step guide for caregivers. While the book explains the importance of being prepared emotionally, physically, and legally, the guide consists of 200-plus worksheets that puts all of the most necessary information in an easy-to-find format, accessible to caregivers now and in the future.

In his 34-year practice in elder law, Furman has found that the need to care for an aging family member often sneaks up on everyone involved, and procrastination exaggerates the problem exponentially. “Both adult children and their parents tend to avoid thinking about getting sick or old. But when the crisis eventually occurs, as millions of families have already discovered, it is more difficult to cope with the uncertainty, stress and confusion of eldercare due to a lack of clear understanding and preparation,” says Furman. “Sadly, by the time people call me, they are usually in crisis mode. I created the ElderCare Ready Book and Pack so people can prepare for their eldercare journey, and alleviate the accompanying stress as much as possible.”

The ElderCare Ready Book and ElderCare Ready Pack teaches readers what to expect, helps them prepare ahead of time, demystifies the confusing process of eldercare and provides a clear path forward.

Readers find help with:

  •     Determining what information and documents are needed during the eldercare process
  •     Organizing these resources so they are accessible when they are needed most
  •     Learning how to foresee events and problems so they can be ready to meet challenges before they occur
  •     Protecting loved ones using a comprehensive safety checklist
  •     Clarifying confusing legal terms and processes that are part of the eldercare journey

The book and pack are broken down into 10 categories: Personal Information, Contacts, Medical Information, Current Living Situation, Desired Facilities, Pets, Financial, Estate Plan, Service Providers, and Miscellaneous.

“The importance of collecting this information cannot be overstated,” Furman continues. “You need information when you have to act for your elder, especially if they are not mentally capable of making legal decisions. I advise clients to collect this information NOW when there is no crisis at hand and while your elder is as mentally competent as possible to assist you.”

Recent reports show adults ages 65 and older, 75 percent of whom have chronic conditions, are expected to make up 19 percent of the population by 2030, compared with 12 percent in 2000. The impact on caregivers is enormous, affecting them emotionally, financially, personally and professionally. Employers are also finding it in their best interest to assist caregivers as a way to prevent absenteeism. The ElderCare Ready Book and ElderCare Ready Pack are the best tools to help current and future caregivers prepare and anticipate what they’ll need on their journey.

For further information, please visit http://www.eldercareready.com. Media review copies available upon request.

Stuart Furman, Esq. is the President of Southern California Legal Center, Inc. His law practice has concentrated on elder law issues, including long-term care for seniors, planning for Veterans and accessing VA benefits and Medi-Cal planning, in addition to traditional planning using living trusts, wills, powers of attorney, and advanced medical directives.

Stuart is a frequent speaker on elder law issues. He has educated nurses, discharge planners and social workers in many of the southern California hospitals. He’s counseled thousands of families on eldercare issues, which led him to create the ElderCare Ready Book and ElderCare Ready Pack. Visit http://www.eldercareready.com for further information.

Carina Sammartino
Parallel 33 Public Relations

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