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January 14, 2013

Continuing Care Retirement Communities

A Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC) is a progressive development in housing alternatives for active and engaged seniors, but with an assisted living component and even a nursing home. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could find a place to live for the rest of your life? Namely, a place that is comfortable, so that as you (or your spouse) require more care, you wouldn’t have to leave your complex, leave behind friendships and support systems, or face the uncertainties of future care needs?

October 15, 2012

Preparing for Guardianship

When a loved one cannot make proper decisions of their own, it is important to protect them from abuse, exploitation or neglect. At the same time you want to develop the maximum self-reliance and independence of the ward.

September 20, 2012

Alzheimer’s and The Arts

Strohschein Law Group is sponsoring a team this year to support research to end Alzheimer’s Disease. We see the impact with families as we help them navigate through the journey of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s and making difficult choices related to care, finances and legal concerns. Our team is walking in DeKalb on September 23rd (registration at 9am – walk at 10am) in Hopkins Park. We would love for you to join us, or would appreciate your thoughtful contribution.

August 24, 2012

Collaborate and Plan End-of-Life Care for Composure

Many adult children are finding themselves advocating for a parent or parent(s) during the transition from needing care to end-of-life care. Caring for a parent or loved one at the end of life can come calmly if you’ve planned for it. Going through the process of deciding on the best possible care often leads to added stress and confusion, especially if your family is already in a difficult situation. However, coping with the onset of loss will greatly be relieved by having already had the conversations with family members and the communication was put in place.

August 16, 2012

Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Observation Status ~ Let Your Voice Be Heard!

Learning of unexpected expenses related to “in-patient” vs. “observation” hospital status leaves many hospitalized patients and their families confused and upset. And, when they find out that a “three overnight stay” in the hospital did not count as a pre-condition of payment of care in a skilled nursing facility when rehab is needed, the related expenses can rapidly deplete hard earned savings. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued notice of proposed rulemaking published in the Federal Register on July 30, 2012, and is asking for public comment. Take the opportunity to share your experience with observation status and to recommend changes that you believe would improve access to medically necessary hospital and skilled nursing facility care!

Relief for the Family Caregiver

When a family caregiver is providing care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia it is a tremendous burden, both physically and mentally on the caregiver. The responsibility on the caregiver increases dramatically as the disease progresses. For that reason, it is so important for the caregiver to know that relief is out there. For example, local Alzheimer’s organizations can provide you with information and community support systems and groups.

Connecting the Dots for Caregivers

When Mary learned that her husband of 56 years was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, she was faced with the reality that John had a terminal disease that is currently the sixth leading cause of death in the United States*1!

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