Home Care Attorney in Columbia County
Does Your Loved One Need Home Care?
Home care is a topic that very few people enjoy discussing, but it is necessary if you wish to ensure that you and your older loved ones receive the healthcare and dignity you are entitled to later in life.
In-home care can be astronomically expensive, and many seniors exhaust their life savings before Medicaid begins to chip in. With the aid of an attorney, you can begin planning for a future where you maintain control of your assets.
Affording Home Care
Medicaid is a program that is run jointly by each state and the federal government, and it provides financial assistance to seniors needing home care. Medicaid is a complex system, and each state is allowed to set its own guidelines as long as they are in alignment with the federal government’s guidelines. If you or your older loved one does not need immediate assistance, you are at a distinct advantage—you have time to create an asset protection plan before you are required to spend all your money on home care.
Home care comes with several related needs. You may have to add special equipment or construct senior-friendly living spaces—a sit-down bathtub, railing around the house, or even an elevator. And unless you can devote yourself to caring full-time, you’ll need to hire a caregiver, either a daytime caregiver or a live-in caregiver depending on the needs of your loved one. If your loved one needs special medical care, make sure the caregiver is qualified before hiring him or her.
In-Home Care and Abuse
When it comes to in-home care for seniors, Medicaid and asset planning are not the only things to worry about. Naturally, you want your loved ones to receive the best care possible while they are at home with a caregiver. Unfortunately, not all caregivers are created equal, and there are many that are in the industry solely for profit. In-home caretaker abuse and neglect are serious issues across the country, and often, victims are afraid to tell anyone out of fear of retaliation.
If your loved one is currently being watched by a caregiver, it is important for you to understand the signs of abuse. A few of the most common warning signs include:
- Unexplained bruises, sores, or other injuries
- Unclean conditions
- Emotional withdrawal and agitation
- Dehydration or malnutrition
- Medication errors
If your loved one complains of poor treatment, it is imperative that you take action immediately before things get worse.
Kreisher Marshall & Associates, LLC serves the residents of the Bloomsburg and Columbia County areas. We know how to handle a broad range of legal issues, including those related to elder law and in-home care. Our elder law attorneys can offer you the experience you need to win your case. Contact us today at (570) 784-5211 for more information on our elder law services.