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Answers To Commonly Asked Questions About Elder Law

Elder law is a wide-ranging legal area, and many clients come to us with questions. On this page, we’ve provided answers to some of the questions our attorneys receive most often. After reading through this page, we invite you to contact Jurist Law Group, PLLC, to ask us your own questions during an initial consultation.

What is elder care?

People often use the terms elder law and elder care interchangeably, but there is a notable difference between the two. Elder care, put simply, is providing care for people as they age. Properly approaching elder care requires a case-by-case examination of an older person’s needs, resources, and wishes, as well as those of their family members and spouses (where applicable), or whichever community they have around them.

There are many avenues that can be pursued as part of elder care, including:

  • Accessibility and assistance devices
  • Rehabilitation facilities (short-term and long-term)
  • In-home health aide visits
  • In-home health care (long-term)
  • Assisted living facilities
  • Nursing homes and long-term care facilities

However, to older people and their loved ones, it may be difficult to navigate the many different options and providers. There are many agencies out there in the current landscape that specialize in elder care, and new ones are popping up all the time. Visiting Angels, Home Instead, and Bright Star are just a few of the many companies that specialize in at-home care for seniors.

What sets your firm apart from other elder law practices?

We pull the concepts and principles of elder care into our practice of elder law. Often, clients come to us trying to figure out how to navigate, select, provide, and pay for the care method that their older loved one needs. There is a constant fear, both from aging people and their families, of having to “go broke in a nursing home.”

However, we assure clients that we won’t let that happen to them. There are many solutions and methods that we can employ to prevent them or their loved ones from winding up in a situation like that. By integrating the two central veins of elder law and elder care, our attorneys take a holistic approach to providing the best possible services to older people and their families.

Is elder law and elder care planning appropriate for everyone?

With few exceptions, the answer is yes. Unfortunately, as a general rule, people tend to not plan ahead. They get caught up in the moment and live life day-by-day. People see others suffering for lack of a long-term care plan or a plan for what happens as they age, and they think that’s something that happens to other people, surely, but something that would never happen to them. But what happens when Mom and Dad get old? What happens when you get old?

As we age, we will all eventually need more and more help. This happens to everyone, no matter how strong and independent they may have been earlier in their lives. Let’s look at a typical scenario. Jason’s mom has been living life at home during her senior years, enjoying her retirement, and paying her bills. Then, all of a sudden, she falls and breaks her hip. Once she gets into the hospital, she starts to rapidly decline, and Jason realizes that she can’t return home without help. Jason’s mom was widowed when his dad passed away two years ago. There’s no one else to take care of her or keep an eye on her. Now, as her child, Jason is faced with the issue of providing that care. And who’s going to pay for that? Jason’s mom has been living on social security. She has a house, and maybe she has a retirement account somewhere—but who knows? Jason has no idea what his mom’s finances look like.  Jason is now in a crisis and wishes he had been more prepared to handle his mom’s situation.

When should someone start planning for long-term care and elder-related issues?

Planning early is the best course of action. Nine out of ten seniors have not prepared for the type of situation described above. If you have done even a little pre-planning, have given some pre-thought to your care or your loved ones’ care, maybe even bought long-term care insurance, you are already ahead of most people. But when push comes to shove, that’s still not enough. You can save yourself and your loved ones an enormous amount of stress, suffering, and money by simply putting a plan in place for what will eventually happen to everyone fortunate enough to live that long.

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Jurist Law Group, PLLC, is based in Little Rock, and we serve clients throughout Arkansas. For more information on elder law in Arkansas, an initial consultation is your next best step. Get the information and legal answers you are seeking by calling 501-400-7355 today. You can also reach out online.