Elder Law

An elderly person can consider long-term care facilities, assisted living, or home care.

Relatives or outsiders can perpetrate abuse, which can occur in a home or a health care facility.

Retired workers can receive payments from the government and from any retirement accounts they may have funded while working.

Responsible aging means planning for circumstances in which others have to act on your behalf or make decisions for you.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • What are common signs of elder abuse?
    Many signs of elder abuse are physical, but family members should be alert to non-physical signs as well. You also should look out for unexpected changes in their financial situation.
  • Who is eligible to receive Social Security benefits?
    Workers who have earned sufficient Social Security work credits may be eligible for retirement benefits, disability benefits, or benefits for dependents and survivors of eligible workers.
  • How do I choose a nursing home?
    You should ask for referrals from family members, friends, and other people whom you trust. You should research the nursing home online and visit the facility to observe its staff and residents.
  • Can I continue to drive myself?
    As long as you are able to operate a car safely, you can continue to drive yourself. However, if you have difficulty navigating, find driving more stressful than previously, or discover other signs that driving is more challenging, you should consider relinquishing this responsibility.
  • How can I stay in my home as I get older?
    Staying in your home is easier if you have family members or other people who can assist you periodically with your needs. You also may consider home modifications for medical conditions.
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Popular Topics
  • Long-Term Care Facilities
    When you are choosing among long-term care facilities, you can consider skilled nursing facilities, intermediate care facilities, and custodial care facilities.
  • Assisted Living Facilities
    The limited independence of assisted living offers a compromise for elderly people between staying in their home and moving into a nursing facility.
  • Nursing Home Abuse and Negligence
    Residents of nursing homes may suffer from physical, emotional, and sexual forms of harm, often related to understaffing and underfunding at these facilities.
  • Financial Abuse of Elders
    Elderly people are vulnerable to financial abuse by friends, family members, or strangers, which may involve theft, fraud, or undue influence.
  • Hospice Care
    Hospice care is meant to preserve a patient's comfort and dignity at the end of their life, rather than pursuing a cure.
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