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What is a Special Needs Trust (SNT)?

Special Needs Trusts have become a common and effective planning technique for families of persons with disabilities because they enable families to secure the future long term care of their disabled loved one. Establishing a Special Needs Trust (SNT) can allow a disabled beneficiary to become and remain eligible for need-based government benefits, such as […]

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Why Just “Being There” Is Important For Your Loved One’s Health

I just had a conversation the other day with a remarkable woman who noticed her elderly neighbor’s memory was not what it used to be. She started spending time with her neighbor and realized that she had no family and limited friends. She had no one to help her with day-to-day chores and she was […]

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Talking to Seniors with Memory Loss or Dementia

Taking care of and dealing with our elders can be all-consuming, draining, and somehow at the same time feel unfulfilling.  Add memory loss or dementia into the mix, and it is no surprise that caregivers often reach out (and more often don’t!) due to an impending feeling of helplessness.  Having conversations with elderly people with […]

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Tips for Hiring In-Home Caregivers

Caring for a loved one comes with a great deal of responsibility, and loved ones who need a lot (or even 24 hours) of supervision each day are more than any of us can handle alone. You may have to hire someone else to care for your loved one to keep your current job, help […]

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Will Your Elder Care Attorney Fight For You?

If you’re going through hell, keep going. -Winston Churchill   The very short version of this is: I won in court today. I hate court. My clients hate court. But I’ll do whatever it takes to get my clients what they deserve.   Today, I drove 60 miles to court in Bethlehem, PA to a […]

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Why Social Workers Can Be Your Friend

  You and your social worker can be friends. If you are elderly, a caregiver, or just a concerned family member, It is extremely important to understand why social workers in hospitals and other facilities (like nursing homes) can be your friend. The term social worker often leads to misunderstanding about their purpose. Especially in […]

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Your Loved One IS Not A Commodity

Is healthcare a commodity? As much as some of us do not like to admit it, when something like healthcare is a quarter of the U.S. economic output, it certainly is a commodity. Services are exchanged for money. Some services cost more than others and at times costs can be prohibitive to treatment. Health care […]

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Caregivers and Balance

Caregivers and Balance Caregivers face an overwhelming challenge in life, whether they know it or not. They have given themselves the challenge of balancing their own life with taking care of a loved one.  Caregivers sacrifice so much of their own time to help loved ones in need that they forget to take care of […]

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Can Your Loved Ones Live Independently?

Recently we posted to the Facebook page asking our subscribers what their biggest concern was with their elderly family members living independently. The responses we got took two basic forms: one was from the perspective of a caregiver, and one was from the perspective of the senior or loved one themselves. Both of them are […]

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Caregivers: You Need Balance

It’s been a couple of weeks without some fresh content. Sorry about that. There’ll be more where this comes from next week.   I saw a commercial not that long ago that talked about a squeaking fan in a warehouse. The voiceover explained that a bearing needed to be repaired, because it was causing the […]

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