What is Guardianship and How Does it Work?

A guardian is someone appointed by the court to control a ward’s assets and make decisions on behalf of the ward. The ward must be declared as incapacitated by the court to be unable to handle his/her own affairs. People who suffer from mental disabilities, including people with dementia and other conditions of old age, may need a guardian if they … [Read more...]

On Behalf of My Parent, Should I Act as Guardian or Attorney-In-Fact?

If your aging parent becomes incapacitated and needs someone to make decisions on his/her behalf, including decisions regarding medical treatments, financial issues, or living arrangements, you have a choice between serving as an attorney-in-fact (agent) if your parent has executed a valid Durable Power of Attorney (POA) appointing you as such, or … [Read more...]

Caretaker Meltdown

Amy Goyer writes a regular blog for AARP.org that revolves around her troubles and experiences as a caregiver for her parents. Her real-life experiences and she dealt with them are beneficial for any caregiver to read and relate to. The following article addresses how easy it is for a caregiver to become too stressed and overwhelemed in day-to-day … [Read more...]

Flowers to Spring Haven Assisted Living Facility

This past week I had the opportunity and privilege to deliver flowers to the Spring Haven Assisted Living facility in Winter Haven. Unlike past flower deliveries, we did not deliver to individual rooms but rather to a large common activity room for residents to pick up as they came in for programming. Despite not having much direct contact with … [Read more...]

Assisted Living Facility in Lakeland Receives Flowers From Elder Law Firm

On June 9, The Elder Law Firm of Clements and Wallace P.L. spent the day delivering flowers to the residents of Lake Morton Plaza, an assisted living facility located at 400 South Florida Avenue in Lakeland, FL.  I had the pleasure of being one of the staff participating in this public service. We began on the top floor, not really knowing what … [Read more...]

Long Term Care Insurance

Having practiced Elder Law for more than thirty years, it becomes more and more apparent to me that our current "needs based" system that provides government benefits to pay the cost of long-term care may become a thing of the past. As "baby boomers" approach their senior years, they should consider the purchase of Long Term Care Insurance to help … [Read more...]

Elder Abuse is a Serious Problem

ElderLawAttorneys.com recently wrote the following article regarding the current issues with elder abuse: Each year hundreds of thousands of older persons are abused, neglected and exploited by family members and others. Many victims are people who are older, frail, and vulnerable and cannot help themselves and depend on others to meet their most … [Read more...]

Why You Need to Plan for Long-Term Care

From: ElderLawAnswers.com Thinking about a time when you will need help taking care of yourself is not fun. That is why most people put off discussing long-term care until it can't be ignored. But it is better to start long-term care planning early. Here are some reasons to start planning now: People are living longer and are more likely … [Read more...]

The Best Approach to Nursing Homes

Stephen Silverburg, an Elder Law attorney from New York, recently published the following blog regarding nursing home care and how to make sure your loved ones are being treated properly in these facilities. This article gives great advice and pointers on finding the best home and care for your loved ones. Choosing the right nursing home for a … [Read more...]

Erratic Behavior and Memory Loss

A recent article in The Elder Law Report by John Roberts discusses the erratic behavior among people with dementia and the challenges it brings to their loved ones and caregivers. Nursing homes often resort to powerful antipsychotic medications to control the behavior of residents with memory loss, dementia, and Alzheimer's. A national survey … [Read more...]