The Complete Legal Guide to Senior Care

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SphinxLegal, 2003 - Family & Relationships - 325 pages
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Your Guide to Senior Planning
The Complete Legal Guide to Senior Care contains all the information you need to make the right decisions for the seniors you care about and for yourself.
Written by an attorney who practiced in estate planning, this book explains how to manage residential, financial and medical matters as well as the legal issues that accompany them. In addition, it addresses how to help seniors cope with the emotions that accompany aging and how to discuss with them the delicate issues that aging brings.
Checklists, tips and evaluation forms are included to help you organize your thoughts and keep track of paperwork. These include tips for talking with doctors, checklists for evaluating the quality of care provided by nursing homes and other residential options and tips on how to handle appeals for Medicare or Medicaid.
This reference also provides extensive appendices that contain organizations, contact information, specific books and websites that refer you to even more helpful information and support.
This book will guide you in:
--Arranging wills, living wills, powers of attorney and estate planning
--Evaluating and selecting assisted living residences, continuing care retirement communities, nursing homes and other options
--Considering long-term care
insurance, Medigap coverage
and reverse mortgages
--Determining the level of care required
--Managing a senior's finances
--Working with other family
members to coordinate care
--Balancing your life as a caregiver
--Obtaining hospice care
 

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Contents

Understanding and Facing the Situation
1
Understanding the Medical World
19
Financial Issues
55
Legal Matters
63
Paying for Health Care
73
Remaining at Home
97
Closing or Selling the Home
117
Family Living
131
Keeping Your Own Life Alive
213
Senior Couples
225
Long Distance Management
231
Conclusion
239
Glossary
241
StateSpecific Resources
249
General Resources
275
For Additional Reading
283

Senior Living
137
Assisted Living
147
Nursing Homes
157
Continuing Care Retirement Communities
173
Hospice
181
Coping with End of Life Issues
189
Alzheimers and Dementia
203
Nursing Home Residents Rights in the United States
289
Nursng Home Checklist
297
Sample Forms
307
Index
321
About the Author
326
Back Cover
327
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Brette McWhorter Sember is a retired attorney and mediator who practiced law in New York. Her practice included consumer issues, bankruptcy, and Better Business Bureau mediation. She has taught classes about credit and debt for online universities and community education programs and frequently writes about credit and debt issues. Sember has authored over 30 other books and her work has appeared in over 200 publications. Her web site is BretteSember.com.

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