Many people ask, “Why do I need an Elder Law attorney to help me apply for Medicaid benefits for a loved one entering a nursing home?”
The simple answer: because Elder Law attorneys focus on this specific area of the law. They understand the rules of Medicaid so they can employ the best strategies to help you and your family navigate the rough waters and pitfalls of applying for these benefits.
The most important question is not, “Why do I need an Elder Law attorney?” Instead, you should ask yourself, “How do I find the right Elder Law attorney?” You may think all Elder Law attorneys are the same. But finding the right Elder Law attorney who knows the proper strategies and best way to navigate the Medicaid application process can save your family a significant amount of money, time and stress. It also ensures your loved one gets not only the care he or she needs, but deserves.
At AlerStallings, we provide a four-pronged approach when helping our clients apply for Medicaid benefits. Our Elder Law attorneys:
- Explain to our clients how the eligibility rules of Medicaid work, the admissions process at the facility and the process of applying for benefits.
- Identify planning options available and develop the best possible strategy for the individual client.
- Assist in implementing the plan and with filing the Medicaid application, preparing estate planning documents and helping with a financial strategy to stop the spend-down and protect the maximum amount of assets for the client and his or her family.
Unfortunately, this is where a lot of Elder Law attorneys stop. But at AlerStallings we go the extra mile for our clients. We implement a fourth benefit for our clients:
- LifeCare planning. This benefit utilizes long-term care coordinators who act as your private social worker. A long-term care coordinator is assigned to each client to perform assessments of the person needing care; answer questions about insurance (Medicare and supplements); review patient medical charts; tour facilities with families to assure proper placement; and act as the intermediary between the family and facility to resolve many issues.
We recognized this has been the missing piece for many families. For that reason, we include LifeCare in all our plans to truly help our clients and their families at all stages of this difficult process.
If you or a loved one is in a nursing home or think it may be time for nursing home care, please visit our website at www.alerstallings.com to find the AlerStallings office closest to you. It is never too late to start planning. And the sooner you start, the more we can protect.