GOP campaigning to strip patients of key legal protections

This article was originally written by Patrick Malone & Associates P.C. | DC Injury Lawyers.  The full article can be found using this link. GOP campaigning to strip patients of key legal protections "We all know how con artists work the streets. One might bump into you in a train or in a crosswalk, while [...]

Successful Aging Expo 2016

The California Elder Law Center participated in the Successful Aging Expo 2016 on Saturday, October 8th at the Westin Hotel, 333 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach. The Expo featured speakers and exhibitors who provided tips and consultations on everything from how to remain healthy while aging, to planning finances and understanding programs like Medicare and Social [...]

Starting down the road to smart retirement planning

California residents may be interested in ways to get started with saving for retirement. There are many issues that go into balanced retirement planning that can change depending on the person's individual financial situation.

The use of antipsychotic drugs in nursing homes

California nursing home patients can be affected by issues such as overcrowding, limited staffing and low budgets. However, family members of elderly patients housed in such facilities may want to pay special attention to the drugs administered to their loved ones, especially if dramatic changes in behavior, personality or condition are observed. Nursing home abuse can take many forms, and in some cases, antipsychotic drugs are incorrectly or illegally used to manage patient behavior.

Another look at end-of-life planning

When people in California plan for retirement, they might believe they have effectively organized all of their financial matters. However, they may have overlooked the very real and costly expense of long-term care. A recent survey indicated that most Americans fail to account for the high costs of care for seniors.

Finding the right trust solutions for an estate plan

As California residents work on estate plans, the decision about creating a trust may be a concern. A trust is perceived as protecting one's assets from the probate process, allowing for smoother and more private distribution after death. However, trusts may not always be protected fully from probate, and state laws should be considered. Many individuals believe that there are tax benefits available when a trust is established, but experts indicate that many of these benefits are primarily advantageous to those who are very well off.

The importance of long-term care insurance

California residents may wonder whether long-term care insurance is necessary or how to go about securing a policy. One woman discovered that her mother's long-term care costs were $3,000 per month, which was paid by her father's estate and the sale of the mother's home. Many people erroneously believe that Medicare will cover any of their long-term care needs, such as in-home care, a nursing home or living in an assisted facility.

What could happen now that Casey Kasem has passed?

The passing of television personality Casey Kasem was a somber one that had been coming for several months. Suffering from Lewy body disease, Kasem's condition had progressed to the point where he could no longer walk on his own and was unable to speak. But, as some of our readers already know, this wasn't the only tragic thing about Kasem's case.

New bill lets veterans get medical help from non-agency providers

Though many people would agree that there are some downsides to serving in a branch of the United States’ armed forces, there are also upsides as well, such as receiving a high standard of medical treatment from a VA hospital in any state across the nation.

The Affordable Care Act and how it’s impacting the elderly

When it comes to getting older and planning for your retirement, probably one of the biggest concerns on your mind is how much money you will need for health care as you age. As you get older, your chance of developing a serious illness increases. Bills for doctor visits and hospital stays can add up quickly, which is problematic for someone with a fixed income.