Columbia County Senior Services Attorney
Issues on Aging in Pennsylvania
An aging senior is an individual who is facing his or her final years of life. This is a person who is anticipating the end of life. Financially speaking, aging seniors are not interested in accumulating wealth, but care more about preserving remaining assets, reducing or eliminating debts and maintaining an adequate income that is necessary to maintain their dignity and quality of life.
Aging seniors are usually concerned about issues such as long-term care and preparations for end-of-life events such as funerals and burials. They are also worried about making sure that they have the means to get medical treatment and access to government programs that support healthcare and long-term care. If you would like more information regarding your legal rights and options, please contact the experienced Columbia County senior services attorneys at Kreisher Marshall & Associates, LLC at (570) 784-5211.
Plan for Your Golden Years
As Americans continue to live longer, becoming a senior at age 65 is no longer considered as significant as it once was. Many continue to work beyond age 65. However, it is important to remember that the aging process will catch up with all of us. We need to prepare for our final years because we never know when a crisis such as a fall or hospitalization might occur.
Need for Long-Term Care
Failing health and loss of independence is probably the biggest issue for those who are aging. Health may either deteriorate over a period of time or occur suddenly. When such deterioration occurs due to the onset of a disease or just aging, seniors become disabled. They are unable to take care of themselves and need assistance with everyday activities such as dressing, bathing, toileting, walking and meals. During such a time, families have to make important decisions such as providing in-home care or admitting the senior in a nursing home or assisted living facility.
Elder Abuse and Neglect in Pennsylvania
This is an extremely serious problem that could occur either at home or in a nursing home. Abuse could range from physical and emotional to sexual and financial. Before you pick a nursing home for a loved one, it is important that you do the necessary homework. Understaffed facilities may not have the resources it takes to provide quality care to their residents. For-profit nursing homes tend to put profits over people and the consequences can be disastrous. When nursing home employees are overworked and underpaid, it could create an environment of hostility and dissatisfaction leaving the door open for abuse and neglect. If you believe your loved one is being abused or neglected in a nursing home, please contact law enforcement or an elder abuse lawyer to help protect the victim's rights.
Solutions for Aging Seniors
There are a number of strategies that are helpful to assist aging seniors plan for their final years of life. Some of those options include care management, implementing estate planning with the goal of preserving assets and targeted planning strategies to meet the senior's specific needs. It is also very important to have an advance medical directive, also known as a living will. In the event the senior becomes permanently incapacitated, his or her final wishes regarding the use or non-use of life-sustaining measures will be carried out. In order to carry out a senior wishes, they must be properly stated in a legal document.
At the Kreisher Marshall & Associates, LLC, we are eager to help you plan your final years and present you with solutions that will give you comfort and peace of mind. Please call us at (570) 784-5211 for a comprehensive consultation.