In South Florida Geriatric Care Managers and Elder Law Attorneys Specialize in Helping the Elderly and their families effectively deal with issues of aging.
Elders living in South Florida and other retirement areas many times rely on their children, family members or other trusted individuals to help them. This dependence upon family members and at times, third party individuals, makes an older person more vulnerable to abuse and financial exploitation. South Florida Geriatric Care Managers and Elder Law Attorneys are two key resources to ensure safety and well being of aging parents in South Florida.
Elder Law Attorneys assist with legal decisions about property, finances, power of attorney, and final wishes – all important tasks to complete in preparation for the final years of life. They can prepare key legal documents such as a will, power of attorney, and health care surrogate that can make decisions for medical treatment and parents’ welfare. A Geriatric Care Manager can help with finding the best doctors or therapies to address specific issues.
A good way to choose an attorney is by referral from friends, family, clergy or you can consult a Professional Geriatric Care Manager for a recommendation. Professional Geriatric Care Managers specialize in assisting seniors and their families to navigate the patchwork quilt of care providers and obtain the appropriate resources and services to optimize their health, safety, and well being. A Certified Care Manager can be an invaluable resource, especially when adult children are dealing with complex care and have their own busy schedules or are managing from a distance.
For families with relatives living in South Florida, together, an Elder Law Attorney and a South Florida Geriatric Care Manager can be an incredible support for families struggling with the care of an elder loved one.
A Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) is an elder law attorney who is highly proficient in meeting the legal needs of elders and in understanding and applying the rules of Medicaid. A CELA has successfully handled a requisite number of pertinent cases in order to receive that designation. This experience will make an attorney with this designation more competent with elder planning issues than other attorneys lacking this designation.
According to The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (http://www.naela.org) : “Ask lots of questions before selecting an elder law attorney. You don’t want to end up in the office of an attorney who can’t help you. Start with the initial phone call. It is not unusual to speak only to a secretary, receptionist or office manager during an initial call or before actually meeting with the attorney. If so, ask this person your questions.
• How long has the attorney been in practice?
• Does his/her practice emphasize a particular area of law?
• How long has he/she been in this field?
• What percentage of his/her practice is devoted to elder law?
• Is there a fee for the first consultation and if so, how much is it?
• Given the nature of your problem, what information should you bring with you to the initial consultation?”
Before you meet for your initial consultation, prepare the items you want discussed and taken care of. Bring pertinent documents and questions. Be sure you get clear answers and that you understand what your attorney is proposing.
The National Care Planning Council lists elder law attorneys throughout the United States.
To find someone in your area go to http://www.longtermcarelink.net/a2cfindattorney.htm.
For more information about South Florida Geriatric Care Managers, contact Advocare Elder Care Management at 888-615-1818 or visit their website at http:www.caremanage.com. South Florida Geriatric Care Management service areas include Palm Beach, Lake Worth, Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Deerfield Beach, Pompano Beach, Sunrise, Tamarac, Hollywood, Plantation, Fort Lauderdale, Aventura, and Miami.