Nursing home lawyers at The Law Offices of James A. Miller, P.C. provide you with guidance on making plans to obtain the care that you need as a result of age, infirmity or injury. According to the Wall Street Journal, more than 70 percent of people who reach aged 65 are going to end up requiring nursing home care and those who have reached the age of 65 have a 20 percent chance of needing nursing home care for a period of no less than five years.
Since nursing home care is very expensive and since many nursing homes provide substandard care, it is important to make a plan in advance to find a good nursing home that will provide you with a good quality of life and to make certain that you are able to pay for that home.
The Law Offices of James A. Miller, P.C. can assist you in researching nursing homes in your area, determining which homes have a history of citations and violations, and taking proactive steps to protect your wealth and get the costs of nursing home care covered. You should work with our nursing home lawyers well before the time when you need nursing home care, since protection of your assets can take time if you want to keep as much wealth secure as possible while getting your nursing home care paid for.
When people begin to make plans for living in a nursing home, one common question is whether a move to an institutional facility is actually necessary. Moving into a nursing home means giving up a lot of freedom and independence and many seniors simply do not want to make the move into a nursing home. If you are concerned about having to live in a care facility, you can discuss alternatives with your experienced attorney. There are other options in certain circumstances besides moving to a nursing home, but you’ll need to consider whether you will be able to get the level of care that you need and whether you will be able to afford the alternatives.
Alternatives to Nursing Home Care
The available alternatives to nursing home care will vary depending upon the level of help that you actually need. One option available to you if you struggle to do some activities of daily living and if you need more social connections is to stay in your home and go to adult daycare during the day. There are a variety of adult daycare options that provide differing levels of service to seniors. You may even be able to get low cost or no cost care through programs like the Veterans’ Administration if you are eligible.
Another alternative is to get long term care in your own home. You could hire a skilled nurse or a nurses aide to come to your home to help tend to your medical needs or to assist you in doing routine activities of daily living that you can no longer do on your own due to illness, age or infirmity. Medicaid will sometimes cover long-term care costs, depending upon your eligibility for the program and the kinds of care that you need.
You could also move into a senior community or assisted living facility, which may provide you with more independence but less intensive care and fewer services than a nursing home would offer. You would typically have to pay privately to live in this type of environment, as Medicaid, Medicare and most private insurers would not pay for life in a senior community.
Getting Help from Nursing Home Lawyers
Nursing home lawyers at The Law Offices of James A. Miller, P.C. can provide you with personalized one-on-one advice as you begin the process of planning what kinds of long term care or nursing home care you will get if you become too old or sick to live independently.
Far too many people wait until a crisis has arisen and struggle to find a nursing home for themselves or for their loved ones when they need a care facility right away. This doesn’t leave time to make a plan to find a high quality home or to get care paid for. We can help you act in advance so you have the right plans in place, and we also assist in responding in a crisis situation.
To find out more about making plans for nursing home care, contact a nursing home lawyer at The Law Offices of James A. Miller, P.C. today. You can join us for a free seminar to find out information about making a nursing home plan or you can give us a call at 866-370-3888 or contact us online to get personalized one-on-one advice specific to your situation.
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