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Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Resources for Family Caregivers to Use During National Older Americans Month

Did you know that, beginning in the year 1963, the month of May has been devoted to honoring and supporting the nation’s senior population? Each May, Older Americans Month formally recognizes the value of our older Americans as an indispensable part of our society. In addition, May is also National Elder Law Month, which is dedicated to promoting and providing legal support for a wide range of senior-related issues. However, without the aid of family caregivers, millions of seniors would be isolated and without supervision. In fact, family caregivers are integral to year-round elder care.

Therefore, to honor Older Americans Month, National Elder Law Month and family caregivers across the country, we would like to share some much needed resources on our blog.

1. The Importance of Respite Care. Caregiving can be a tremendous sacrifice in terms of time, money and opportunity costs, especially if a senior loved one has a physical or mental health disability. Many times caregivers are at risk of developing their own health problems due to exhaustion and unmet needs. Having time for respite care allows caregivers to take breaks and care for themselves.

ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center — ARCH assists senior caregivers in finding appropriate respite care programs and services for their elder loved ones. Its National Respite Locator provides a state-by-state list of facilities that can help give family members a break.

National Adult Day Services Association — This is a professional organization that provides adult day care consumer resources, including an adult day care locator and counseling on choosing the right facility for a senior loved one.

Senior Corps — Senior Corps’ Senior Companions program provides respite care for by matching older volunteers with seniors who need help with daily tasks.

2. The Importance of Knowing All Health Care Available. Do you know all the options available to seniors today? Let us share this list with you.

Department of Veterans Affairs — The V.A. provides a vast array of support services for qualifying senior veterans and their families, including a paid family caregiver benefit. The program is called Veteran-Directed Home and Community Based Services. Elder law attorneys are potent advocates for senior veterans’ rights and often help secure V.A. benefits if they’re denied.

Medicare — Medicare is a massive federal health program for people aged 65 and older. Senior caregivers might not realize that Medicare covers home health and skilled nursing services in many circumstances.

Medicaid — Medicaid is a federal-state partnership program that provides health coverage for people with limited income and assets. Medicaid can also pay for long-term care in nursing homes.

SHIPs — State Health Insurance Assistance Programs, or SHIPs, provide free support to Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers.

3. The Importance of Legal Planning. Legal planning should begin as soon as possible for those you love. We know you may have questions about what you or your aging loved ones need. From advance directives to estate planning to long-term care proactive planning, we are here to help.  If you or someone you know would like more information or specific guidance on legal issues, we encourage you to contact our firm.

At the end of the day, legal planning is not just for you. Instead, it is for the ones you love most. If we can answer any questions for you on putting this estate planning in place, please do not hesitate to let us know. For more information, please reach out to our office and schedule a time to meet.


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