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Using an Elder Attorney in Sacramento for Nursing Home Decisions

May 4, 2011

Elder lawyers specialize in certain aspects of senior life that many others have yet to even consider. For example, as an elder attorney in Sacramento, it is important to be aware of the nursing home options available to clients, as well as any changes in laws that apply to this type of care. When it comes to nursing homes, planning ahead is one of the best choices you and your elder attorney can make.

By planning in advance, an elderly family member is able to have a much greater say in what type of nursing home he or she will enter. When these decisions are left until an emergency, however, the actual resident’s wishes are far less likely to be considered. That is because placing an elderly person into a nursing home is incredibly stressful for all involved. When it is done at the last minute as the result of some sort of “last straw” event, no one is thinking clearly anymore.

Working as an elder attorney in Sacramento has allowed me to develop a few guidelines for choosing the best nursing home for your needs.

1.     Start early. Ask friends their opinions of nursing homes where they’ve lived or visited.  Your doctor may also be a great resource for finding out about the best local care.

2.     Don’t just base your decision on a few brochures and a price. Instead, take the time to travel around Sacramento to actually conduct in-person visits to your top choices. Showing up unannounced may help you to see what things are really like on a typical day.

3.     Make an appointment with the nursing home staff to discuss the care you or your loved one will receive. Take notes and compare them among your top choices to ensure you’re making the choice that fits your needs. If you have questions about what you should expect in Sacramento, elder lawyers are up-to-date on all applicable laws and regulations.

Making an informed choice regarding nursing home options will help you determine where you will receive either long or short-term care when it is needed. A Sacramento elder lawyer can help you draw up necessary documents and review any contracts needed to solidify your choice.

Of course if you require further assistance in this area, please give our office a call at (916) 241-9661 and ask to schedule a Peace of Mind Planning Session. These sessions are normally $750, but you can come in free of charge with the mention of this article.  However, these appointments are limited to 10 per month so call today!

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