Did you know that every year during the month of May, the nation has been devoted to honoring and supporting the senior population? In 1963, Older Americans Month was formally recognized. Older adults are an important part of our society and the annual May designation formally recognizes their value. May is also National Elder Law Month, which is dedicated to promoting and providing legal support for a wide range of senior-related issues. However, without the aid of family caregivers, millions of seniors would be overlooked. Indeed, family caregivers are integral to year-round elder care.
In honor of Older Americans Month, National Elder Law Month and family caregivers across the country, we would like to share some key resources for family caregivers to use.
1. Respite care resources. In terms of time, money and opportunity costs, especially if a senior loved one has a physical or mental health disability, caregiving can be a tremendous sacrifice. Many times caregivers are at risk of developing their own health problems due to exhaustion and unmet needs. By providing respite care caregivers can take breaks and care for themselves.
2. Resources for health care. Do you know all the options available to seniors today? Let us share this list with you.
Department of Veterans Affairs — The V.A. provides a vast array of support services for qualifying senior veterans and their families, including a paid family caregiver benefit. The program is called Veteran-Directed Home and Community Based Services. Elder law attorneys are strong advocates for senior veterans’ rights and often help secure V.A. benefits if they are denied.
Medicare — Medicare is a massive federal health program for people aged 65 and older. Senior caregivers might not realize that Medicare covers home health and skilled nursing services in many circumstances.
Medicaid — Medicaid is a federal-state partnership program that provides health coverage for people with limited income and assets. Medicaid can also pay for long-term care in nursing homes.
The month of May would be a great time to start legal planning for those you love. Be sure to help your senior loved ones locate an experienced Florida elder law attorney. Your elder law attorney will assist with everything from advance directives to estate planning to long-term care proactive planning.
We know this topic may raise more questions that it answers and want to help you plan for the future, and the unexpected. Whether you're young and single or a married five-time great grandparent, your voice and wishes need to be known. Worley Elder Law, based in beautiful Bradenton, Florida, focuses on helping you understand your options in designing your Estate Plan or Elder Law needs. Whether it's preventative incapacity planning or establishing your legacy, we will take the time to explain every option and work with you to create a customized plan just as unique as you and your family are. Please do not hesitate to contact us to let us help you.