Adult Warning Signs and When to Contact an Elder Law Attorney

As families plan to relax and have fun over the summer months, it’s happening all over the world.You can learn more at Amicus Law Firm – Medicaid Planning Attorney Logan.

Changes in older loved ones are becoming more apparent due to time and distance. To respond to our questions, Uncle Bob seems a little slower and it takes him longer to move from room to room or up the stairs. Mom’s home, which she was proud to keep spotless, is not as tidy as it used to be, newspapers pile up everywhere and the yard looks shaggy. Then there’s Aunt Katie, whose children realise that she doesn’t pay the bills on time or pay them more than once and she donates to charities that she doesn’t know what they’re doing. Since the death of Uncle Steve, mail has been a regular routine for her.

The summer can also be a time when families are faced with tough choices to find help for their older parent. Here are some of the changes that might mean that some extra support is needed by your loved one.

The loss of weight

Poor personal hygiene or substantial adverse improvements in personal hygiene

Paranoid, unusually noisy or silent, agitated behaviour

Unusually overcrowded, dirty or messy homes

Local friends and family are worried about changes in behaviour.

Self-imposed isolation, stopping participation in activities

Signs of oblivion, such as unopened mail, stacking newspapers, inability to fill prescriptions or missed appointments

Signs of finances that are badly handled, such as not paying bills, wasting money, paying bills twice or more or hiding money

Purchases that are rare

A physical and neurological evaluation should detect any medical conditions that your loved one is experiencing if you find changes that are of concern. A good Geriatric Care Manager (GCM) will help your family determine what kinds of solutions are available to help your loved one live a complete, fruitful and healthy life after the medical problems are in place. GCMs are practitioners who specialise in helping seniors and their families cope with ageing issues. Suggestions can include a home health aide, day care for adults, or a service that pays bills.

If your loved one can no longer live on his or her own, then it is important to address the question of where the individual will live. The house, assisted living, senior housing, or nursing home of a family member are all potential choices. Such options have many implications. Getting a good senior law attorney will provide much-needed support here.

If nursing home treatment is required, Medi-Cal preparation should be done to help the loved one qualify as soon as feasible for Medi-Cal and thus maintain as much of the assets of the loved one as possible. Many families mistakenly assume that all money will be lost and that the home will have to be sold to pay for a nursing home stay, or worse still seized by the State. This simply isn’t true.