Medicaid planning attorneys can provide personalized advice and assistance to caregivers. If you are taking care of a loved one or a family member, it is important that you understand what your rights are, how you can protect the person you are caring for, and what benefits if any may be available to help you and the person who you are caring for.
Being a caregiver can be a difficult prospect that is emotionally draining and expensive. Mark S. Eghrari & Associates, PLLC understands that it is tough to be a caretaker, especially when you have the responsibility of caring for a loved one who is sick or hurt and you are also forced to cope with your grief over your loved one’s deteriorating condition. Having the right tools and supports in place can make the job of caregiving easier, so give us a call to talk with Medicaid planning attorneys about how we can help you get access to benefits and services. You can also read to find out some key tips for caregivers from experienced Medicaid planning attorneys who have helped many patients and families to enhance their quality of life.
Medicaid Benefits Could Cover the Costs of Assistance and Home and Nursing Home Care Later
When you are a caregiver, you take on a lot of responsibility of providing help and support to your loved one who needs you. However, there may be some things that are difficult for you to do, like getting your loved one to the shower for example. Having a home health aide come in to provide you with assistance in your caregiving duties could make it much easier to ensure that your loved one’s needs are met in the best way possible. Unfortunately, home health aides are very expensive and long-term care at home is not typically covered by most private insurance or by Medicare. Medicaid, however, can cover a home health aide but you need to ensure that the person you are caring for is able to obtain Medicaid coverage. Mark S. Eghrari & Associates, PLLC can help those individuals who are still of sound mind to make an asset protection plan so wealth doesn’t have to be lost to qualify for means-tested Medicaid benefits.
Caregivers Should Have Certain Documents In Place to Make Caring for a Loved One Easier
Caregivers typically have to make many important decisions on behalf of the person who they are caring for. They may need to manage accounts and financial assets as well. It is important that caregivers are empowered with the information they need. HIPAA release forms can allow for health information to be shared with caretakers, and a comprehensive incapacity plan should include naming a caregiver as a healthcare proxy to make medical decisions in the event of an emergency. An incapacity plan likely will also include giving a caregiver power of attorney to make decisions and manage assets.
Caregivers Need to Take Breaks and Take Time for Themselves
Caregiving is very stressful and can be physically and emotionally taxing. It is important that caregivers ensure they take time for themselves and time away from caregiving so they do not become burned out. If you are able to get access to Medicaid to cover a home health aide, this can provide you with time to yourself. There are also other potential services available such as caregiver respite programs or adult daycare services. You should work with Mark S. Eghrari & Associates, PLLC to find out what kinds of services could help you to get a break from caregiving so you don’t become too tired and frustrated to help your loved one the way you’d prefer.
Getting Help from Medicaid Planning Attorneys
Mark S. Eghrari & Associates, PLLC will work with caregivers and with those who are sick or who fear becoming sick in the future. We can help you to put the right plans in place so Medicaid benefits should be available to cover adult daycare, home healthcare aides, or other services that can make caregiving easier. When caregiving becomes impossible, having a Medicaid plan can also ensure that a move to a nursing home does not mean the loss of a lifetime of assets.
To find out more about the ways in which Medicaid planning attorneys can provide assistance with making a plan in case of illness or injury, join us for a free seminar. You can also give us a call at (631) 265-0599 or contact us online at any time to get personalized help and advice specific to your situation.