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Signs You Could Be Suffering From Caregiver Burnout

Being a caregiver is a very important job that requires a lot of skill, effort, and time from you, the caregiver. Sometimes, spending that much energy on someone else’s needs can cause you to neglect your own needs. The symptoms of caregiver burnout vary and are very similar to symptoms of depression, including feelings of stress, sadness, and guilt. Know the symptoms of caregiver burnout so you can watch out for them. Know the causes so you can try to prevent it. If ignored, caregiver burnout can become clinical anxiety or depression. You should always seek help from a medical professional if you have reached that point. Some of the more common symptoms of caregiver burnout are: Continue reading

Selecting the Right Nursing Home for a Loved One

Selecting a nursing home for a loved one is one of the most important and difficult decisions that you may be asked to make. This decision is usually made during a time of crisis, frequently when a family member is ready to leave the hospital after a serious illness or operation. It would be easier on everyone if this decision could be planned for. However this is usually not the case. Just remember, be nice to your kids… they are going to pick out your nursing home. The first issue to decide is whether or not you really need a nursing home (often referred to as Skilled Nursing Facilities or SNFs). Would some type of home services be adequate? This issue should be discussed with your physician, as well as other healthcare providers. Continue reading

Planning for the Non-Traditional Family

By Robert M. Slutsky, Esq.

Robert Slutsky Associates

Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, An ElderCare Matters Partner,

The percentage of married households in the United States fell from 55 percent in 1990 to 48 percent in 2010. About 40 percent of all marriages end in divorce. Three quarters of people who divorce remarry — accounting for a pretty large proportion of the 48 percent of American households that are married. Nearly 1.5 million babies a year are born to unmarried women, more than a third of all births. This can complicate matters, especially when the father is not identified or, in the case of donated sperm, does not exist. It also can mean a greater need for planning when there is no identified back-up parent if something happens to the mother. If you are in a relationship, but not married, have been married more than once, have children by more than one partner, or have beneficiaries who cannot manage funds for one reason or another, then it’s more important that you do estate planning. And you need more than LegalZoom to accomplish your goals. Continue reading

Your Plan for Senior Care

Published August 17, 2012
United Methodist Foundation for the Tennessee and Memphis Conferences

Planning for retirement and senior care is a very important activity. The activities of daily living for a senior person include eating, dressing, bathing, and walking or moving. At some point you will likely need assistance in one or more areas.

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Long-Term Care Insurance Now Available Through Harwell & Plant

Paul B. Plant
Harwell & Plant
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys

When I first started practicing law about 40 years ago, my late father-in-law and senior partner, Judge W. A. “Bud” Harwell offered Mike Bottoms and me a lot of good advice. Possibly the best advice he ever offered to us was that no matter how hard we tried we would be unable to do all things for all people. He did tell us, however, that that if we worked hard and conducted ourselves as the professionals he wanted us to be, we could create a network of relationships that would offer us services and skill sets far beyond what we could acquire on our own.

I am most gratified to say that throughout my career as a practicing attorney, I have done my best to create those relationships. I’ve been blessed with a vast number of friends and colleagues in and around the legal profession on whom I have called any number of times to assist me in meeting the needs of my clients. I am pleased to say I believe I have done that once more.

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