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The Complete Legal Guide to Senior Care: Making Sense of the Residential, Financial and Medical Maze


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 ...

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572482296
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/2002
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.99 (w) x 8.99 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Brette McWhorter Sember is a former New York state attorney and skilled mediator. She was on the Law Guardian panel in four counties and acted as a volunteer mediator for the Better Business Bureau. Sember is an expert at explaining and simplifying legal concepts. She has written more than 30 books, including File for Divorce in New York, Tenant's Rights in New York, Landlord's Rights in New York, The Complete Legal Guide to Senior Care, The Complete Credit Repair Kit, The Infertility Answer Book, The Adoption Answer Book, How to Parent with Your Ex, Gay & Lesbian Legal Rights, How to Form a Corporation in New York, Child Custody, Visitation, and Support in New York, Seniors' Rights and many more. Her web site is

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Understanding and Facing the Situation
  • Understanding Age
  • Assessing
  • Talking to Your Parents about Needs and Choices
  • Discussion Early On
  • Understanding How Your Parent Feels
  • Coping with Your Emotions
  • Developing a New Attitude and Relationship with Your Parent
  • Involving Other Family Members
  • Dealing with Resistance from Your Parent
  • Fulfilling Your Role
  • Support Organization Evaluation Worksheet
  • Tips for Coping with Stress
  • Tips for Working with Family Members
Chapter 2: Understanding the Medical World
  • The Medical World
  • Dealing with Medical Personnel
  • Hospital Care
  • Dealing with Hospital Visits
  • Coping with Long-Term Medical Problems
  • Becoming a Medical Care Manager
  • Managing Lifestyle
  • Dealing with Disabilities
  • Mental Health Issues
  • Dental, Vision, and Hearing
  • Sleep Problems
  • Doctor Evaluation Worksheet
  • Medication Evaluation Worksheet
  • Hospital Care Worksheet
  • Questions to Ask Medical Personnel
  • Tips for Having a Good Conversation with a Doctor
  • Tips for Helping Your Parent Cope
  • Tips to Get Medical Personnel to Listen to You
  • Tips to Finding Medical Information
Chapter 3: Financial Issues
  • When to Become Involved
  • Getting a Handle on Finances
  • Helping Your Parent Think about Finances
  • Legal Authority
  • Organizing Records
  • Bill Paying
  • Budgeting
  • Planning for the Future
Chapter 4: Legal Matters
  • Finding an Attorney
  • Knowing Who the Client Is
  • Wills
  • Trusts
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Health Care Directives and Proxies
  • Guardianship
  • Attorney Evaluation Worksheet
  • Attorney Interview Worksheet
Chapter 5: Paying for Health Care
  • Health Insurance
  • Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • Private Insurance
  • Veteran's Health Benefits
  • Other Options
  • Medigap Policy Evaluation Worksheet
  • Long-Term Care Insurance Evalutation Worksheet
  • Tips for Handling Medicaid/Medicare Appeals
Chapter 6: Remaining at Home
  • Evaluating the Situation
  • Modifying the Home
  • Creating a Plan
  • Getting Help
  • Coping with Emergencies
  • Emergency Systems
  • Transportation
  • Maintaining a Social Life
  • Spiritual Needs
  • Staying Active
  • In-Home Health Care
  • Self-Provided Care
  • Your Role
  • Downsizing
  • Home Care Provider Evaluation Worksheet
  • Home Care Agency Evaluation Worksheet
Chapter 7: Closing or Selling the Home
  • How to Make the Decision
  • Involving Your Parent
  • Coping with Emotions
  • Dealing with Belongings
  • Pets
  • Securing the Home
  • Utilities and Bills
  • The Selling Process
  • Letting Go
  • Deciding to Sell or Maintain the Home
  • Tips on Home Security
  • Tips for Preparing a Home for Showings
Chapter 8: Family Living
  • Family Member Living at the Senior's Home
  • Sharing Your Own Home with Your Parent
  • Coping
  • ECHO Housing
  • In-Law Apartments
Chapter 9: Senior Living
  • By Definition
  • Assistance
  • Costs
  • Who it is Appropriate for
  • Finding a Senior Residence
  • Evaluating
  • Involving Your Parent
  • Evaluating the Contract
  • Making the Move
  • Adjusting
  • Your Role
  • Dealing with Your Feelings
  • Dealing with the Future
  • Senior Residence Staff Evaluation Worksheet
  • Senior Residence Staff Evaluation Worksheet
Chapter 10: Assisted Living
  • Assistance
  • Cost
  • Who it is Appropriate for
  • Finding a Place
  • Evaluating
  • Involving Your Parent
  • Contracts
  • Your Role
  • Your Feelings
  • The Future
  • Assisted Living Faculty Staff Evaluation Worksheet
  • Assisted Living Faculty Evaluation Worksheet
  • Tips for Assisted Living
Chapter 11: Nursing Homes
  • Understanding Nursing Homes
  • Costs
  • Finding a Nursing Home
  • What to Look For
  • Evaluating
  • Involving Your Parent
  • Understanding the Contract
  • Nursing Home Policies
  • Making the Move
  • Getting to Know Staff and Procedures
  • Settling In
  • Your Role
  • Dealing with Problems
  • Nursing Home Staff Evaluation Worksheet
  • Tips for Filing Complaints with Government Agencies
Chapter 12: Continuing Care Retirement Communities
  • How it Works
  • Requirements
  • Considering this Option
  • Contracts
  • Problems
  • Evaluating
  • CCRC Staff Evaluation Worksheet
  • CCRC Facility Evaluation Worksheet
Chapter 13: Hospice
  • Getting Hospice Care
  • Payment for Hospice
  • What to Look For
  • Making the Decision
  • Creating a Hospice in Your Parent's Home
  • Spiritual and Emotional Support
  • Hospice Program Staff Evaluation Worksheet
  • Tips for Keeping Your Parent Comfortable
Chapter 14: Coping with End of Life Issues
  • What to Expect
  • Your Emotions
  • Helping Your Parent Cope
  • Finding Your Own Way to Say Goodbye
  • Pain Management
  • Quality of Life
  • Understanding the Procedures that Follow Death
  • Taking Care of Yourself
  • Grief
  • Funerals and Memorial Services
  • Obituary
  • Notifying Friends and Family
  • Protecting Your Home
  • Caring for Your Other Parent
  • Finances
  • Probate and Estates
  • Making Your Peace
  • Tips for Coping with Your Emotions
  • Tips for Helping Your Parent Cope
Chapter 15: Alzheimer's and Dementia
  • Understanding Alzheimer's and Dementia
  • What to Expect
  • Coping
  • Being Prepared
  • Leaving Home
  • Moving Forward
  • Alzheimer's Facility Evaluation Worksheet
  • Tips for Helping Your Parent with Alzheimer's
Chapter 16: Keeping Your Own Life Alive
  • Getting a Handle on What You are Facing
  • Setting Priorities
  • Managing Your Time
  • Accepting Change
  • Involving Your Family
  • Managing Your Job
  • Keeping a Social Life
  • Battling Guilt
  • Battling Resentment
  • Battling Anger
  • Dealing with Grief and Loss
  • Maintaining Your Relationships
  • Finding Help
  • Helping Your Children Cope
  • Holidays
  • Thinking About Your Future
Chapter 17: Senior Couples
  • How to Talk to a Couple
  • Helping Them Make Decisions Together
  • Helping Them Face Each Other's Situations
  • How They Can Help Each Other
  • Effect of Aging on Their Relationship
  • The Desire to Stay Together
  • Respecting their Relationship
  • Decision-Making
  • Managing Temporary Separations
  • Dealing With Grief
  • Tips for Dealing with Couples
pter 18: Long Distance Management
  • rstanding Your Limitations
  • Making Decisions and Getting Information from a Distance
  • Finding Local Help
  • Considering a Move
  • Dealing with Your Emotions
  • Dealing with Family Members
  • Getting Medical Updates
  • Handling Finances from a Distance
  • Staying in Touch
  • When to Visit
Appendix A: State-Specific Resources
Appendix B: General Resources
Appendix C: For Additional Reading
Appendix D: Nursing Home Resident's Rights in the United States
Appendix E: Nursing Home Checklist
Appendix F: Sample Forms
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2003

    Get the information you need to make decisions!

    I decided to buy this book when I realized it was time to face decisions regarding my father. I didn't know where to start. This book provided information about Medicare and Medicaid and the different types of facilities available. It also had practical worksheets to help me get organized. I feel better about my ability to make decisions that are right for my father after reading this book. It also got me thinking about my choices when I get older. This is a must read for anyone involved in senior care decisons for loved ones.

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