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Power of Attorney or Guardianship for My Elderly Parents?
Life often times comes full circle. When we are young, our parents make our decisions for us. They look out for our best interests and, in many cases, help us manage our money. As adults, we may have to step up and provide the same support to our parents that they provided to us in our youth. When an elderly loved one is unable toContinue reading
Budget Impasse Threatens Services for Illinois Seniors
As lawmakers in Springfield continue to battle over the state budget, there is growing concern around Illinois that the impact of the problem will be most-strongly felt by those who are already the most vulnerable. A significant number of outreach and support programs around Illinois rely heavily, if not solely, on state funding, and without a budget are finding it increasingly difficult to carry outContinue reading
New Law Permits Nursing Home Monitoring Devices
According to AARP Illinois State Director Bob Gallo, public health officials in Illinois receive about 19,000 complaints each year from residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. Throughout the past year, the state legislature and Governor Bruce Rauner officially took a stand against nursing home negligence and abuse by passing a measure designed to protect some of Illinois’ most at-risk residents. Beginning in 2016, IllinoisContinue reading
Durable Power of Attorney in Illinois
Do you have a plan in place for the management of your affairs if you should become incapacitated or unable to make such decisions for yourself? Unfortunately, a great many people have never even considered that possibility, and have no such plan in the event of an unforeseen accident or illness. Making a plan, however, does not need to be long, involved process; it canContinue reading
Living Wills and Death Delaying Procedures
The state of Illinois expressly recognizes the rights of its citizens to make their own decisions regarding the medical care they wish to receive, even following the diagnosis or acquisition of a terminal condition. According to the law, a person may choose to have death delaying procedures withheld or withdrawn in accordance with his or own personal desires, regardless of his or her ability toContinue reading
Can Adult Children Be Held Responsible for Nursing Home Costs?
As the average life expectancy in this country increases, one of the most difficult decisions that many adult children are faced with is placing their elderly parents in nursing homes. A recent ruling by the Ohio Court of Appeals reaffirms the importance of families consulting with elder law attorneys when making decisions that involve an older family member’s future and long-term care. The decision to place aContinue reading
How to Keep Nursing Home Costs from Wiping Out Assets
Statistics show that the average life expectancy for Americans keeps increasing. The average life expectancy of men right now is 84.3 years of age. For women, it is 86.6. Along with increased longevity comes the reality of living with illnesses and diseases that often afflict the elderly. Many of these conditions eventually require an individual to be placed in a long-term care facility, such as aContinue reading