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Funeral-Planning: is something most of us will have to do at one point in our lives, but how do you do it? Are you getting good value for your money? What do you really need?

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They serve as a liaison between the client, court, family, physician, therapist, insurance company, hospital, and other important systems that support the welfare of the person. A Care Manager coordinates, manages and carefully tailors options in order to meet individual needs. The Care Manager is focused on balancing cost and quality so that resources are used appropriately.

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Elder law denotes the law, regulations, and prevailing good legal practices applicable to a range of issues affecting individuals aged 65 and over. The subject matter of elder law arises from careful legal analysis of the concerns of elders and their caregivers as to planning for foreseeable circumstances (e.g., property or capacity) and dealing with harmful situations (e.g., abuse or neglect).

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Financial Planners: Elder Care involves financial planning and structuring. These financial planners have experience and knowledge regarding Elder Care decisions

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Wellness is first and foremost a choice to assume responsibility for the quality of your life. It begins with a conscious decision to shape a healthy lifestyle. Wellness is a mind set, a predisposition to adopt a series of key principles in varied life areas that lead to high levels of well-being and life satisfaction.
A consequence of this focus is that a wellness mind set will protect you against temptations to blame someone else, make excuses, shirk accountability.

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Home care, (also referred to as domiciliary care or social care or, non-medical care or custodial care), which is care that is provided by persons who are not nurses, doctors, or other licensed medical personnel. Primarily to assist with the basic activities of daily living allowing for some one to stay safe and cared for.

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Home Health care, (also referred to as domiciliary care or social care), is health care or supportive care provided in the patient's home by licensed healthcare professionals. It is often referred to as home health care or formal care. Often, the term home health care is used to distinguish it from non-medical care or custodial care, which is care that is provided by persons who are not nurses, doctors, or other licensed medical personnel.

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The main benefit of making home modifications is that they promote independence and prevent accidents. According to a recent AARP housing survey, "83% of older Americans want to stay in their current homes for the rest of their lives," but other studies show that most homes are not designed to accommodate the needs of people over age 65. Most older people live in homes that are more than 20 years old.

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Palliative care is emotional and clinical treatment for patients living with a serious illness. It focuses on improving quality of life by reducing the physical and emotional stress often associated with a serious illness. Most importantly, it is available at any age and at any stage of an illness.

Hospice care provides medical services, emotional support, and spiritual resources for people who are in the last stages of a serious illness, such as cancer or heart failure.

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When it becomes too difficult to make it to the traditional Doctor or Dentist appointment we have found some that will make house calls.

House calls used to be normal practice, but in the late 20th century, health care became concentrated in clinics and hospitals.

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Important facts to take into consideration.

Over 70% of all people over 65 will need custodial care at home, in an adult day care center, or in a residential facility or nursing home. What will it cost? Now it costs $80,000 to $120,000 a year or more, possibly for many, many years. What will it cost in the future? Who will pay for it?

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Have you ever thought you would need assistance with bill paying, understanding a credit card statement, writing a check or balancing your checkbook? When a person is healthy and capable of making what we think are simple decisions these are some of the things we do on a daily basis.
When a person is confused or has a dementia he/she may go to the mailbox and take out the mail and bring it into the house and place it somewhere and forget about it. Bills/statements do not get reviewed or paid

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Moving is never easy and many social changes have made it difficult for family members to provide all the physical and emotional assistance needed for living transitions and relocation.

The goal is to simplify your relocation, provide peace of mind and make sure you are comfortably settled in your new home.

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An advocate is a "supporter, believer, sponsor, promoter, campaigner, backer, or spokesperson.” It is important to consider all of these aspects when choosing an advocate for yourself or someone in your family. An effective advocate is someone you trust who is willing to act on your behalf as well as someone who can work well with other members of your healthcare team such as your doctors and nurses.

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A reverse mortgage is a form of equity release (or lifetime mortgage). It is a loan available to home owners or home buyers, enabling them to access a portion of the subject home's equity. The home owners can draw the mortgage principal in a lump sum, by receiving monthly payments over a specified term or over their (joint) lifetimes, as a revolving line of credit, or some combination thereof.

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When the time comes to explore assisted living options, a senior residential placement advisor can serve as an invaluable resource for your loved one and your family during this transition.

They provide the best placement options for seniors including assisted living and Independent living communities, residential Board and Care Homes, and Dementia/Alzheimer’s communities. This is usually offered as a free referral service.

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Most legal documents must be researched, written and signed while you are mentally capable. Do not wait for onset of illness or take a chance that a stroke or other physical trauma will render you mentally unsound. Some of the documents can be done by you and signed by a Notary Public. We recommend you use an attorney to complete your documents. Elder law attorneys specialize in preparing the types of documents for your long term care plan.

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