Protecting Assets is the Tip of the Iceberg!
Often when we first meet with a family, their primary concern is preserving assets from nursing home and other health care costs. Because of our collective experience, we know saving money is important, but for someone entering the long term care maze, it’s just the tip of the iceberg. When we start talking with our clients and their families, questions about quality of life and quality of care often are much more important to our client than the expense of long term care. We have designed our firm to deal with both the question of preserving assets for our client’s care, and making sure that our client has a good quality of life for the rest of his or her years.
We are problem solvers. We have dealt with a great number of unique client circumstances over the years. Our clients come to us with circumstances that require professional expertise to obtain the best solutions for our clients. Our Legal team consists of Bradley L. Greene Esq. and two care coordinators who offer over 30 years of collective experience supporting the lives of older adults.
We work together to solve many complex issues for our clients and their families. If you are faced with any of these types of issues, or have questions about situations affecting your family, please call us.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Should I pay for my parents' care?
We want to assist our clients to secure benefits to support costs of long term care. Sometimes paying for a parent’s care, while noble, is a poor use of family resources. We can help you work through who should be paying for the cost of care, and when, if ever, a child should be assisting a parent.
I live outside of Ohio. What can I do about my parents' legal matters who live in Ohio?
Isn't this costly? Do I have to pay a fee every time I talk to Mom's Attorney?
When a life care plan is in place there are no additional costs to speak with our staff. We never want you to have to decide if what you have to say is important enough to contact us. We learn so many things about our clients from their families. We like flat fees because they encourage communication.
The last time I was in a facility for rehabilitation, Medicare covered the entire bill. How much will Medicare pay for if I need long term care in a facility or at home?
There are different amounts Medicare pays for home care services and skilled nursing facility services. Medicare will only pay if you need a skilled service, regardless of the setting (home or nursing home/rehab). In a nursing home that has to be something you need on a daily basis for Medicare to pay the bill. Further, Medicare only pays in full for the first 20 days in a nursing facility. There is a co-payment for the next 80 days that are needed. After that, Medicare pays nothing for skilled nursing home services. In order to get another coverage period, you need to start a new spell of illness, which means you need to not need skilled services for a 60 day period. These rules are complicated and sometimes require a special look at your individual circumstances.
My parents are in need of services but don't need to move to a nursing home or assisted living center. Is there anything that they may qualify for?
My parents already live in a nursing home. Is it too late to do anything?
My neighbor said I had too much money to apply for Medicaid or VA benefits.
With all due respect for your neighbor, please talk to someone who knows the difference between truth and fiction. To determine if you are eligible for various public benefits, speak with a professional who understands them. An elder law attorney educates clients about benefits and how to preserve assets. Regardless of your income or your asset levels, schedule a consultation to better understand planning strategies, you may be able to save thousands of dollars by doing so, and increase the quality of life for yourself or a loved one.